With only one returning player from the offensive line, there is plenty to worry about in Syracuse football these days. Center Nick Romeo is the only returning player who received significant playing time last season.
The O-line will be under the microscope for the entire season and much of the attention will fall straight on sophomore LT Adam Terry and sophomore RG Matt Tarullo.
"They haven't done as much on the field yet, but I really think the potential is there for them to be very, very good players," said head coach Paul Pasqualoni. "How much they get done and how soon they get all this done, I think is going to depend on what kind of preseason camp they have."
But so far, their development in training camp has been promising.
"I've seen a great development," said guard Erik Kaloyanides. "I've seen a lot since during the season they weren't really showing much but during the winter strength program, during spring ball and now with summer training, I've seen a lot of positive development. I'm personally looking forward to seeing how they're gonna do in preseason camp and I think they're gonna do real well."
But the closer you look, the more settling the feeling. Kaloyanides will receive increased playing time, and this will be his senior year. Junior Kevin Sampson aided the running attack last year and having a 1,000 yard rusher last year speaks for itself according to WR David Tyree.
"Basically what you have is two starters back and another experienced veteran," Tyree said. "We have two spots to fill and I think if you look at it, it's not really that big of a deal. We've got good young talent."
Tyree is part of a veteran receiving core that also features Johnnie Morant and short-but-speedy Jamel Riddle (who stands at 5-7). Riddle impressed many fans last year averaging a hair over 23-yards per catch on 14 receptions.
"R.J.'s back, tight ends are back with Lenny and Joe Donnelly and wide receivers are back so I know that the offensive will be able to do ok," said Kaloyanides.
Donnelly, a TE, is lightening fast for his position while Lenny Cusumano is a reliable in-line blocker.
"I think the talent here is just as good as most places, it's just that we have a different formula of putting it together," said Tyree. "In order for us to be a national contender, we need to find other ways to put it together and I think that's what we're in the process of doing."
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