Spring Practice Report: Notes and Standouts

The latest news, notes and standouts from Syracuse football spring practice sessions.

Spring practice is in full force and Tuesday marked another practice in the books. Syracuse head football coach Scott Shafer continues to assess all three phases as they march towards the April 4th spring game.

Offensively, Alvin Cornelius and Trey Dunkelberger have stood out in recent sessions. On Tuesday, another name emerged on that side of the ball while the defense saw a defensive back continue to step-up.

”We made some big plays on offense,” Shafer said. “Jamal Custis made a couple of nice catches in traffic. Defensively, Antwan Cordy had two interceptions today. There are some good things and good competition with the kids.”

Shafer noted that Rob Trudo has been solid in practice but has to work on getting his snaps more consistent as he tries to transition from guard to center. He also noted that Trudo has a high ankle sprain that will keep him out of a few practices.

Offensive line is a continued position of focus. On Tuesday, there were up and downs from this unit. Ivan Foy is still struggling at times with the transition from right to left tackle, but continues to show flashes. The rest of the unit is looking to generate consistency as well.

”At times there’s good things,” Shafer said. “We ripped off some big runs today. I’m sure there were some good blocks in there. The biggest thing we’re looking for, not just with the offensive line but with everyone, is consistency.”

Ervin Philips continues to enjoy his transition from running back to h-back. He discussed that and more with our Lizzy Gomez HERE.

Shafer also noted that Tyler Provo has shown improvement at the tight end position. Defensive tackle Ryan Sloan has decided to end his football career while quarterback A.J. Long told Shannon Shepherd of News Channel 9 that he plans to redshirt this season

After practicing on Thursday, players will take spring break and resume practice on March 17th.

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