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3 Key Position Battles to Watch for in Orange Football Camp

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Saturday Scott Shafer and the Syracuse Orange started their first day of summer training camp. With a target of eight wins, Shafer and the rest of his staff must figure out which players will be on the field to give the Orange the best chance of reaching its goal. Some positions are truly wide open. 

Wide receiver: There is no doubt that Jarrod West, Ashton Broyld and Brisley Estime will be Terrel Hunt’smain targets this fall. Behind them however offensive coordinator George McDonald has some decisions to make. Either upperclassmen Quinta Funderburck and Jeremiah Kobena will step up, or McDonald will be forced to rely on the freshman trio of Steve Ishmael, Adly Enoicy and Jamaal Custis as downfield options. Senior Adrian Flemming and junior Alvin Cornelius may also feature.

Offensive Guard: According to Sean Hickey at ACC media day, senior Nick Robinson, redshirt junior Omari Palmer and senior Rob Trudo will be fighting for the two offensive guard positions. Robinson missed all of spring practice with a lower-body injury but says he should be ready for the season. Redshirt sophomore Palmer was listed ahead of Trudo on the spring depth chart at left guard, but that may be because Trudo took reps at center this spring in an unsuccessful attempt to replace Macky MacPherson.

Cornerback: Senior Brandon Reddish and junior Julian Whigham will definitely be the starters if they can stay healthy, but that is a big if. Reddish missed SU’s game against Clemson last season due to injury and Whigham’s season ended after he took a massive hit against Florida State. Defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough will need other players to show that they are capable of filling in for this injury plagued pair. Junior Wayne Morgan is the only upper classmen back up option. Freshmen Juwan Dowells, Antwan Cordy and Cordell Hudson all could make major statements in camp this summer.

Posted by: Connor Morrissette

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