Shafer teleconference news and notes

Syracuse football is in full preparation mode for their first road test of the season against Central Michigan. News and notes from head coach Scott Shafer's teleconference inside.

Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer addressed the media on Tuesday during his weekly teleconference. Here are some news and notes as the Orange prepare for Central Michigan.

-Shafer said Central Michigan plays very physical. Good sound defense with good tacklers. Offensively, they run at you with power. They opened it up against Purdue a little bit. Impressed with the job they’ve done. Good, tough physical team.

-He wants to do a better job tackling in space and gang tackling. Being focused and locked in on one play at a time.

-Shafer is happy with the way the team has responded during the bye week. They’ve done a nice job preparing. The proof will be on Saturday. They are working hard in practice. They understand expectations placed upon them by the coaches and have the same expectations.

-Coach says he enjoy going against different types of teams as they transition from a spread Villanova team to a power Central Michigan team. Going against CMU, they are focusing on what they do well and trying to take that away. Focusing more on what we do to try to get better.

-Wayne Williams was available against Villanova. Shafer thinks he will get some reps against CMU, not sure how many. He’s been working hard to try to get on the field. Consistency in his technique is the key.

-Central Michigan running back Thomas Rawls runs hard like Adonis. Will challenge Syracuse’s preparation. They’ve seen big strong backs like him. He likes to get north and south. He’s fun to watch. For ‘Cuse, just understanding how they will try to run him and try to stop that.

-Receivers have done a good job in practice. Have expectations for them to do better both pass catching and blocking. Their work has been good in the bye week. Pleased with the way they’ve worked.

-Brisly Estime is ready to go. Shafer is looking forward to the next game. There’s an opportunity for all the receivers to make some plays.

-Ben Lewis is a hard worker. Physical blocker and helps in the kicking game. He’s the ultimate team player. Great hands. Shafer has been impressed with his competitive nature.

-Nick Robinson and Omari Palmer are practicing now. Both active right now. Shafer will give them a chance to put the pads on and play some football in practice and see how it goes. Looking forward to getting them back.

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