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Syracuse Orange Training Camp Position Preview: Offensive Line

CuseNation.com breaks down the Syracuse offensive line heading into training camp.

The Syracuse Orange football team starts their first training camp under head coach Dino Babers. Heading into camp, the offensive line has stability in the inside and questions on the outside.

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LEFT TACKLE

Starter: Michael Lasker  
Backup: Cody Conway            
Third String: Jon Burton                                          

RIGHT TACKLE

Starter: Jamar McGloster 
Backup: Evan Adams         
Third String: Jon Burton                        

LEFT GUARD

Starter: Aaron Roberts  
Backup: Andrejas Duerig            
Third String: Sam Clausman                      

RIGHT GUARD

Starter: Omari Palmer 
Backup: Colin Byrne            
Third String: Keaton Darney                      

CENTER

Starter: Jason Emerich  
Backup: Taylor Hindy            
Third String: Donnie Foster                      
Fourth String: Andrejas Duerig

Tackle Battles

Two of the most intriguing training camp battles will be at left tackle and right tackle. Veterans are trying to hold off young bucks at each spot. At left tackle, Michael Lasker holds the starting spot entering camp and is trying to fend off sophomore Cody Conway. 

Lasker is a solid, cagey veteran. Conway has a higher ceiling, but is still learning the game at the college level. He is certainly capable and has an ideal frame. It Conway is able to display consistency and a handle of the offense, he could emerge as the starter. 

Conway has work to do, however. Lasker is a smart, athletic guy who is a capable starter. He will not go quietly and may outright win the job. This will be a fun battle to watch. 

At right tackle, McGloster and Evan Adams are in a somewhat similar position as Lasker and Conway. While Lasker has more experience than McGloster, Jamar has more than Adams. McGloster has proven capable when called upon, but he does not have as much raw talent as Adams. 

Evan Adams has the higher ceiling, but may not be ready just yet. 

Interior Strength

The interior of the offensive line is pretty well set. Aaron Roberts, Jason Emerich and Omari Palmer are firmly entrenched as the starters at guard and center. They provide stability, consistency and talent that should allow Syracuse to run the ball up the middle. 

Roberts has the ability to emerge as a star this season. Hey may be the most talented lineman on the roster. 

Emerich is a steady senior leader who is highly intelligent. He is a quality all around center who does everything well. 

Palmer is back at his natural position after spending last season at tackle. He is strong, has good footwork for an interior lineman and is a quality run blocker. 

Should an injury cause one or more of those players to go out, Syracuse has young depth who appear capable of stepping in. Colin Byrne and Sam Clausman both played well this spring. Andrejas Duerig is versatile. He can play guard or center. 

Newcomers

Syracuse will add depth to their offensive line with some talented incoming freshman. They are all likely to redshirt, but this training camp is important for them nonetheless. Tackle Michael Clark has a great frame with a lot of upside. 

Liam O'Sullivan has another ideal frame, but needs to add weight. The strength and conditioning program will serve him well. 

Yet another long frame is tackle Airon Servais. He is a strong lineman who is a bit raw but has a lot of potential. 

Sam Heckel is an interior offensive lineman with a lot of talent. He is likely to be in an interesting battle with Byrne and Clausman in 2017. 

Prediction

The veterans hold off the youngsters, meaning Lasker and McGloster open the season as the starting tackles. The interior of the line remains in tact as well. 


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