Several players were routinely praised by the Syracuse football coaching staff during spring football. They included wide receiver Alvin Cornelius, h-back Ervin Philips, guard Aaron Roberts, defensive tackle Kayton Samuels and defensive back Antwan Cordy. All are starters in the post-spring depth chart.
Cornelius has emerged as the favorite to start opposite Steve Ishmael. Roberts will take over at guard as Rob Trudo slides into the middle at center. Philips was a playmaker as a freshman last season and will transition to h-back from running back.
Roberts is a redshirt freshmen who has impressed enough to jump players with experience into the starting lineup. Samuels has taken advantage of a thin defensive tackle group but has also jumped incumbent Wayne Williams.
Cordy is transitioning to safety from corner after playing a bit as a true freshman. He consistently made plays during spring practice.
Also of note, Ashton Broyld is listed as the third string h-back. He is still expected to have an important role this season and receive plenty of snaps, but it is interesting to see him there.
While this gives a window into what the starting lineup could look like in week one, there is still fall training camp to get through. During that timeframe, players can wrap up a staring spot, lose their starting spot and anything in between.
The incoming 2015 class will also look to become a factor, specifically along the defensive line, at running back and in the defensive backfield. Don't be surprised if Marquise Blair, Jake Pickard, Tyler Cross, Steven Clark, Dontae Strickland and Jordan Fredericks all push for playing time right away.
Full depth chart in the link below.