March 30, 2016
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - As they say in Hollywood, "That's a wrap." Well not entirely, as the Orange still have one more portion left to their Spring Training regiment. SU will play its Spring Football Game on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Carrier Dome. 'Cuse Nation will finally get its first official look at the squad under Head Coach Dino Babers, and potentially get a flavor for the kind of the team that will take the field this fall. As it has been said all along, the pace with which this program will be playing at on both sides of the ball is fast. The players and coaching staff have been working for a little over a month refining and developing both a new playbook and new philosophy. It is hard to translate practice performance with future game results, but with newly defined goals and aspirations the Orange will certainly be looking to flip the script on recent seasons' results. Today's final practice session open to the media featured much of the same drills that have been viewed throughout the Spring season, but here are a few takeaways from the Ensley Athletic Center this morning:
- Based on overall numbers and confirmation from Coach Babers, Tyler Gilfus has moved from quarterback to wide receiver for workouts. The official decision may change over time, but with limited roster participants currently on this team it is important to add depth at a variety of positions. As of now, it appears Gilfus will take limited snaps under center for the Orange going forward.
- Again the receiving core was strong in today's workout, with limited dropped balls. This group has been improving steadily since Spring practice began, and it is evident by the reps that players take after practice with the Jugs Machine. Cameron MacPherson spent extensive time yesterday working on his routes and catching after practice with the machine.
- The offensive and defensive lines handled their business as usual with stretching drills and limited contact situations.
- Running backs were again seen working in the corner of the facility in agility drills while carrying the ball.
- Long snappers also worked with punters on snapping the ball and then the special teams core eventually transitioned into field goal kicking as a final wrap before the entire team worked out together. Each unit has had their own responsibilities and then the whole team convenes to drill as one at the official beginning of practice.
Music: Santana and Rob Thomas kicked it off, followed by Lil' John & The Eastside Boyz with Get Low.
Note: View the video playlist for additional sights and sounds from this morning's session.