Position Preview: Offensive Line

A look at the offensive line for Syracuse football heading into the 2015 season.

Returning Starters: Ivan Foy, Omari Palmer, Rob Trudo, Nick Robinson

Projected Starters: Ivan Foy, Omari Palmer, Rob Trudo, Nick Robinson, Seamus Shanley

Top Reserves: Alex Hayes, Aaron Roberts, Jamar McGloster, Cody Conway, Jason Emerich

Biggest Question Mark: Will Foy be able to handle the left tackle position? One thing Syracuse football has not had to worry about over the past few years is the left tackle spot. Originally manned by first round NFL draft pick Justin Pugh, Sean Hickey took over last season and had a very strong year. Now, Ivan Foy, who started at right tackle before getting hurt, moves to the left side. He has to be able to come close to the success of his predecessors in order for the Syracuse offense to be able to take a step forward.

Most Important Player: Rob Trudo – The senior leader has been a solid player throughout his career and is making the transition to center. This will be his first time playing the position in real game action. If he can continue to be a force on the inside, it will open up the run game as well as prevent the opposing pass rush from getting to Terrel Hunt up the middle.

Outlook for 2015 Season: The offensive line features four veterans. That alone should give Syracuse fans some confidence in this unit. If they can stay healthy, they look to be a solid group. Especially if Omari Palmer responds well being a full-time tackle for the first time. He is a natural guard but was forced outside last season due to injury and has stuck.

What will constitute a successful season for this position group: A healthy season will be a successful season. While there are some questions regarding this group (Foy, Palmer, Trudo all switching positions), they are largely filled with veterans that have the confidence of the staff. If they can stay healthy, they should be reasonably productive.

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