SYRACUSE, NY - Early signs of the Orange Spring Practice regime clearly displays a new feel. With rock and hip hop music playing loudly over the sound system, it more like an NBA game during warm-ups or time out. But, this is the attitude and energy that new Head Coach Dino Babers has stressed wanting an uptempo style of play. Here are some observations from the first morning practice of the Spring Season:
- Prior to 7:30 a.m. the players are already in full force with high intensity displayed for both the offensive and defensive positions.
- The first day is always high energy, so it will be interesting to see how this carries over throughout the remaining weeks.
- Coaching staff has created a very uptempo atmosphere with increased teaching at each position to describe new schemes.
- Eric Dungey is competing in the quarterback-receiver drills. This is a positive sign after a series of injuries last year.
- All players appear to have a strong mastery of the system, based on prior meetings with the coaching staff. Although, a learning curve is still obvious in drill work.
- Defensive players were calling out coverages and plays with game-like intensity.
- Both offensive and defensive players are involved in drills which requires the individual or group to rotate/pivot between the scenarios set up by the coaches, allowing for more reps and eliminates idle wait time on the sidelines.
-The jersey colors have changed for practices. The offense wears orange, defense wears white while the quarterbacks wear black. This is different from the green, red and white combos used in the past.
These observations are very basic on the first day of practice, but it is glimpse of things to come in another new era of Syracuse Orange Football.
Note: View video playlist of this morning's activities on the field at the top of the page.