The 2014 season just ended and national signing day is about two months away. So what better time to project the 2015 two-deep than now? Here is our way too early look at what Syracuse’s depth chart could look like entering the season.
Notes: This is assuming Kendall Moore stays at tight end. There is a very real possibility he moves to offensive line. If he does, he will likely make the two-deep.
Another assumption is Trudo sliding down to the center spot. That is a very real possibility. He took snaps there last spring and during fall camp. With the loss of John Miller, don’t just assume Jason Emerich has complete control over this job. If they want to put the five best linemen out there, this may be the way with Alex Hayes emerging.
Sam Rodgers is gone and Syracuse needs a long snapper. Matt Keller holds an offer and is visiting this weekend. Syracuse is his only offer right now. Assuming he chooses Syracuse, he may be the favorite to land the job.
With the 12 personnel offense that Tim Lester is seemingly going to implement, that means two tight ends are essentially starters rather than three wide receivers as we saw in the offense over the past two seasons.
Ron Thompson moves back outside to defensive end. There are a lot of members of the 2014 recruiting class on this two-deep. Many should see significant action. Also look for Franklin and Hodge to both be on the field in order to get the three best linebackers on the field. Hodge will likely move outside given how well Franklin played in the middle down the stretch of the season. A battle between Parris Bennett and Jonathan Thomas for the third starting spot should be fun.
The positions of concern with the least amount of depth appear to be defensive tackle and safety. Syracuse will have two or three at each position coming in as true freshmen, but you don’t want to have to rely on them to see significant snaps. Those will be interesting positions to monitor this spring and subsequent fall.