Syracuse has released their spring football roster and there were several interesting things to note.
The early enrollees from the 2016 recruiting class include Rex Culpepper, Moe Neal and Kenneth Ruff. Culpepper will wear number 15 and is listed at 6-foot-2, 216-pounds. Neal is listed as a wide receiver and will near number 21. He comes in at 5-foot-10, 165-pounds. Ruff is listed as a defensive lineman, will wear number 45 and is 6-foot-1, 250-pounds.
Ruff posted on Twitter that he will be a defensive end during spring ball. Assuming he performs well, he may stick at the position.
In addition to Ruff, Trey Dunkelberger is on the move. He is now a defensive end. He announced the move on social media and the spring roster reflects the switch. Dunkelberger's athleticism and speed will serve him well there.
Antwan Cordy is still listed as a defensive back, but he posted on Twitter that he is moving to strong safety. He played free safety last season. That move makes a lot of sense. Expect to see Cordy in the box quite a bit this season.
Ervin Philips was an h-back last season after playing running back as a freshman. He is listed as a running back/wide receiver on the spring roster. His role in the Dino Babers' offensive will likely be determined during the spring, but he could do a little bit of both.
Dontae Strickland and Tyrone Perkins were both listed as tight ends on the spring roster, but a source informs CuseNation.com that those were errors. Strickland will be a running back and Perkins will be a wide receiver. Those positions seem like much better fits than tight end given their skill sets.
Another interesting note is that all of the defensive linemen and offensive linemen are simply listed as "DL" or "OL" rather than specificying tackle, guard, center or end. That will be sorted out as the staff is able to work with the players in live action and in practice situations.
Offensive lineman Alex Hayes and wide receiver Ben Lewis were both off of the list because they are no longer with the program. Hayes was dismissed due to violation of team rules, while Lewis left on his own accord. Hayes would have been a junior.
According to Paul Schwedelson of the Daily Orange, Lewis' move was health related. Lewis told Schwedelson that he suffered a lot of injuries and is ready for the next stage of his life. Lewis graduates in May, but had one season of eligibility remaining.
Syracuse has added two walk-ons to the roster, both from New York. One is quarterback Tyler Gilfus from Thousand Islands High School. He is a freshman listed at 6-foot-1, 196-pounds and will wear number 19.
The second is kicker Alex Grossman. Grossman played high school ball at Syosset High. He is listed at 5-foot-9, 143-pounds and will wear number 38.null