Position Preview: Offensive Line

Taking a look at the offensive line for Syracuse football entering the 2016 season.

The Syracuse Orange football team starts their first season under head coach Dino Babers on Friday. Heading into the opener, the offensive line has solidified with some emerging young talent. 

Depth Chart


Starter: Cody Conway           
Backup: Jon Burton                                          


Starter: Jamar McGloster 
Backup: Michael Lasker                               


Starter: Aaron Roberts  
Backup: Colin Byrne                           


Starter: Omari Palmer         
Backup: Evan Adams                     


Starter: Jason Emerich      
Backup: Sam Heckel

Tackle Question Marks

Two of the most intriguing training camp battles were be at left tackle and right tackle. Veterans are trying to hold off young bucks at each spot. At left tackle, Michael Lasker held the starting spot entering camp and is tried 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. We believe Conway will get the nod come Friday night.  

Lasker is a smart, athletic guy who is a capable starter. Losing the job to Conway would not mean he disappears, however. He will certainly see the field and is the primary backup at both tackle spots. He proves some nice depth for Syracuse. 

At right tackle, McGloster will get the nod over Evan Adams are in a somewhat similar position as Lasker and Conway. McGloster has proven capable when called upon. His biggest question mark is quickness in order to handle some of the strong edge rushers he will see in ACC play.

Adams also cross trained at center and guard, giving him a lot of versatility.

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. Same with the aforementioned Evan Adams.

Emerging this fall was Sam Heckel, a talented interior lineman who can play guard or safety. He cracked the two-deep as the backup center.


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. 

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