Syracuse football will be relying on some true freshmen during the 2015 season. Here are a look at the top five who could make an impact.
5. OT Cody Conway: Ultimately, Syracuse would like to use Omari Palmer at guard. In order for that to happen, a tackle would have to emerge to be plugged into the right tackle spot currently held by Palmer. Conway has made the two-deep as a true freshman, and some in-season development could mean he is starting by the end of the year.
4. S Kielan Whitner: Whitner has also made the two-deep and could join the safety rotation as well as contribute on special teams. With Marquise Blair not qualifying, Whitner has taken advantage with a strong camp.
3. DE Qaadir Sheppard: Sheppard is the primary backup at one of the defensive end spots. He has routinely gained praise from coaches during camp. His athleticism and quickness off the edge has allowed him to push for playing time.
2. RB Jordan Fredericks: Fredericks has dazzled during camp and during scrimmages. He could be the running back of the future and start contributing this season. He may be third on the depth chart, but will still get carries. His camp performance has earned him some playing time.
1. DT Steven Clark: A true freshman had to step up at defensive tackle due to a lack of depth, and Clark took full advantage of that opportunity. Due to injury, he spent some time with the starters and performed well. Clark is a big, strong, wide bodied defensive tackle with a lot of upside. He should play a significant part of the defensive tackle rotation in 2015.