Spring practice kicked off on Sunday as the Syracuse football Orange took the field in the new Ensley Athletic Center. Several players stood out during the first of many sessions leading up to the April 4th Spring Game, including senior quarterback Terrel Hunt who is coming back from a season ending injury.
”Terrel practiced full go,” head coach Scott Shafer said. “He did some good things. Ball came out of his hand real well today. He made some nice, tight throws. Trey Dunkelberger made three or four catches today, which was nice to see. Nice deep ball on a wheel route that Terrel threw. All in all, I thought it was good day. It was good to see him back in the huddle.”
The focus of day one was mostly on the skill position players as they were only in helmets and shorts. Full pads will not come until the third practice on Thursday, February 26th.
”Without having the pads on, you kind of look at the skill kids a little more than you do the kids up front,” Shafer said. “Guys like Alvin Cornelius made some very good catches and Steve Ishmael. Oliver Vigille had two interceptions today, which was good to see from Ollie.”
The Syracuse secondary features a lot of new faces, especially at the safety position where they are replacing their top three contributors. The new leading men, Rodney Williams and Chauncey Scissum, both did some good things on Sunday.
”Rodney Williams did some good things today,” Shafer said. “Chauncey Scissum looked like he had confidence and was making calls quick. He’s a bright young man and I thought he did a nice job.”
Other standouts included the receivers who made some big plays during passing drills.
”Alvin Cornelius had a really good day,” Shafer said. “Steve Ishmael had a good day. (Jamal) Custis caught a deep ball on a very good pass and catch. I think we have good competition at those positions.”