As we countdown to kickoff in August, we’re going to be doing a team-by-team preview each Tuesday over the summer. SU will continue its 2014 ACC conference schedule when they play Wake Forest on Oct. 18.
BIG CHANGES: There isn’t another team in the ACC that has undergone as many changes as Wake Forest has in the last year. The Demon Deacons lost their starting quarterback (Tanner Price), leading rusher (Josh Harris) and most accomplished wide receiver (Michael Campanaro), while also dumping their head coach (Jim Grobe). Former Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson has taken over, and he has plenty to do on a team that has a lack of depth and experience in several key positions.
WHO TO WATCH FOR: Running back will be a position to keep an eye on as the season begins. Orville Reynolds is currently listed at the top of the depth chart, but he rushed just nine times last season for 36 yards. Still, it’s hard to imagine Reynolds as an every down back considering he’s just 5’9″, 185 pounds. Dominique Gibson is the most experienced back returning. The converted safety rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown last year. The duo were the only two backs to receive any reps in the spring game. The quarterback situation continues to be fluid. Price’s backup, Tyler Cameron, was widely believed to be front runner for the job heading into this season, but he struggled mightily in the spring game. That may have opened the door for former Michigan commit Kevin Sousa to grab the job. But in the end, the job may fall to true freshmen Travis Smith and John Wolford.
PREDICTION: Wake Forest’s defense will be the better of the two units this year, highlighted by a veteran secondary. But Wake’s offense, which finished at the bottom of the ACC last year in production, will need time to develop. SYRACUSE 21, WAKE FOREST 10.
- Syracuse 31, Connecticut 24 — What we learned - September 26, 2016
- Recruiting Roundup: 2017 defensive end Jonathan Kingsley commits to Syracuse - September 26, 2016
- Connecticut Huskies — 2016 Syracuse football scouting report - September 23, 2016
- Even Syracuse football’s best coaches needed time - September 22, 2016
- Recruiting Roundup: Syracuse makes Mohamed Bamba’s final seven - September 22, 2016
- Recruiting Roundup: Syracuse coach Gerry McNamara visits Hamidou Diallo - September 20, 2016
- Recruiting Roundup: Syracuse offers 2018 QB Devin Leary - September 19, 2016
- Instant Juice: Syracuse 20, South Florida 45 - September 17, 2016
- Before Syracuse, Babers’ teams at Eastern Illinois, Bowling Green were routed, too - September 16, 2016
- Recruiting Roundup: Syracuse and Kentucky working hardest for Quade Green - September 16, 2016