SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The thermometer may have read 84 degrees with rising humidity, but the energy meter read well over 100% at day nine of Syracuse Football camp.
As the Orange get set for their annual trip to Fort Drum, players and coaches did not seem detoured by the heat and hot sun. Instead, their intensity level and passion rose with the increasing temperature.
Stretching was a priority early in order for players to remain loose, and hydration was stressed with several water stations present. It appeared that players had an extra hop to their step as position drills were focused and powerful.
Other members of the defense, linebackers Zaire Franklin (So.) and Marqez Hodge (Jr.), were seen working on their explosion and technique in agility drills. The drills were designed to work on bursting out of their stance and maintaining quick feet.
Under the tutelage of Bobby Acosta, sophomore safety Antwan Cordy made sure the glare of the sun had no effect on catching punt returns. As Coach Acosta stressed a “chin up” technique prior to receiving the ball, Cordy was in position to catch with the skill of a baseball centerfielder. Others, such as receiver Steve Ishmael and express back Dontae Strickland, bobbled or dropped the ball during this drill.
Even Head Coach Scott Shafer was seen warming up his arm with some of the long snappers. Seeing your head coach get into the act really ignites the team and sets the tone for the day.
Julian Whigham, who limped off the field at Fan Fest on Saturday, fully participated in practice and showed no ill-effects from his ailment. Alvin Cornelius and Dontae Strickland, both held out of Fan Fest, were also full participants. Offensive tackle Denzel Ward, quarterback A.J. Long and defensive tackles John Raymon and Kayton Samuels were limited participants.
Raymon worked on various schemes at the line with defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough. He displayed great concentration and attention to the drill.