Syracuse Training Camp Notebook: Practice #3

News, notes and observations from the third practice of Syracuse football training camp.

Syracuse football training camp continued on Monday with the third practice this fall. Here are news, notes and analysis from the portion open to the media. Watch over four minutes of video HERE including Babers pushups. 

  • To start the open session, head coach Dino Babers dropped a ball thrown to him, and promptly dropped and did 20 pushups. As he got up, he said "I'm better than that" to his players. 
  • The quarterbacks were working on ball placement, specifically throwing the ball to the upfield shoulder of the receivers. Offensive coordinator/QB coach Sean Lewis continued to say "let's make it as easy as possible for our guys to get yards after the catch."
  • Trey Dunkelberger practiced with the tight ends this morning. He was with the defensive ends on Saturday and during the spring. He received technique instruction during drills both on route running and how to dip his shoulder when he turns up the field.
  • Austin Wilson praised by coach Lewis multiple times with "nice throw Austin" during drills. 
  • Eric Dungey corrected on arm placement and footwork during throwing motion by coach Babers, saying it is impacting his accuracy on certain throws. 
  • The defensive players largely stretched during the open portion of practice. 
  • Both Moe Neal and Winston Lee were praised during the rope drill for not hitting the rope. 
  • The offensive linemen were working on hand placement and stance technique. 
  • Steve Ishmael ran crisp routes once again. 
  • Amba Etta-Tawo made a couple of nice catches on low throws using his hands. The staff continues to work with him on not using his body to make catches. 
  • Running backs also worked on ball security and dragging defenders while continuing to churn their legs. On the dragging defenders drill, backs with the ball are grabbed by a player on each side while a coach puts a band around the waist and pulls back. The back then charges ahead while all three pull on him to simulate resistance. 
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