Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Syracuse Orange season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
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2018 Record: 10-3 overall, 6-2 in ACC
Head Coach: Dino Babers, 4th year, 18-19
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SYRACUSE OFFENSE
– Now there’s the offense we’ve all been waiting for. The first part of the Dino Babers era showed off plenty of pyrotechnics for the passing game, but there wasn’t any consistency, and the points just weren’t there like they were supposed to be. Last year’s attack averaged 40 points and 465 yards per game with a good balance and a whole lot of explosion … mostly against the bad defenses. There’s turnover with five starters gone, but it’ll still be a dangerous attack as long as …
– The Orange have to get past the Eric Dungey era. The former quarterback was the heart-and-soul type who ran well put up big numbers, and took a beating as he closed out with an All-ACC final season. But Tommy DeVito just might be better … at least that’s according to the hype. He has to be more accurate, but he’s got the huge arm and the passing skills to make the passing game shine, especially because …
– The receiving corps is loaded despite losing leading yardage receiver Jamal Custis. Sean Riley is back after coming up with a team-high 64 catches, and Taj Harris is a good-looking 6-2, 175-pound sophomore coming off a 40-catch season. Spreading the ball around won’t be a problem, and Nykeim Johnson should once again be one of the ACC’s most dangerous deep threats.
– The running game that averaged 200 yards per game won’t have the running of Dungey anymore, but the running backs should pick up the slack. Only two starters are back up front – expect plenty of jostling for positions on the left side and right tackle in fall camp – but the there’s size in the interior to blast away for the deep group of backs.
Moe Neal is back after leading the team with 869 yards averaging 5.6 yards per carry, and 5-10ish, 210ish pounders Jarveon Howard and Abdul Adams will handle the workload from time to time, too.