/ Mike McAllister

Syracuse Orange Football Training Camp Notebook: Practice #5

News, notes and observations from Syracuse football practice.

Syracuse football continued training camp Wednesday morning, but from a different location. They moved indoors to the multi-million dollar Ensley Athletic Center (pictured). You can watch video of practice HERE. Here are news, notes and observations from the open portion. 

  • Practice was inside the Ensley Athletic Center due to inclement weather. Santan's "Smooth" kicked off the practice through the loud speakers.
  • The defense worked early on audibles, adjustments and changing defensive line stunts based on how the offense is lined up. 
  • Trey Dunkelberger looked solid, but is still adjusting to moving back to tight end. Caught the ball with his body a bit too much and may need to shed a little bit of weight to get his quickness back. 
  • Cameron MacPhersonSean Avant and Jamal Custis all had drops at one point. 
  • Spent some time watching freshmen Devin Butler and Sean Riley. Riley was quick, though he looked much smaller than everyone else. 
  • Riley was given instructions on sitting down in the zone and starting to move his body to one side so that when he catches it he gets to full speed quicker. 
  • Riley ran crisp routes and was quick in and out of his breaks out of the slot. He caught everything easily. 
  • Butler looks the part. Great frame, long arms, smooth runner. 
  • Butler also caught everything thrown his way, including a couple of nice catches where he had to adjust slightly to the ball. 
  • Steve Ishmael continues to have a stellar camp. He ran routes to perfection once again, and made a really nice shoestring catch in front of wide receivers coach Kim McCloud, who shouted "nice catch!" 
  • Offensive linemen worked on their stance. Offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Mike Lynch adjusted several. The most specific issue was not being upright enough and being a bit hunched over. 
  • Coach had them walking in their stance to get them used to being in it. Interestingly, Evan Adams seemed to move the best in his stance. 
  • Josh Parris looked a bit quicker than in previous practices. Looked good. 
  • Kielan Whitner and Antwan Cordy worked with defensive backs coach Nick Monroe on assignments during certain audibles. That group loves coach Monroe. It's very obvious from the way they interact. 
  • Thought Rex Culpepper showed good accuracy during this session. Threw the ball well, with strength, and put the ball in the perfect spot numerous times. Could not see Dungey or Mahoney much based on where the players were. 
  • Amba Etta-Tawo continues to work on catching the ball with his hands and seems to be getting more comfortable doing so. He is given instructions on his route running, specifically during his breaks and exploding. 

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