In the booth this week, Mike Couzens sits down with WAER Sports Director Kevin Brown to discuss an eventful week in Orange Nation.
On the out-of-nowhere commitment of Rakeem Christmas to Syracuse, bolstering the class of 2011 along with Trevor Cooney and Michael Carter-Williams:
“That’s three players in the top 60 on Rivals.com right there. It’s nice to see that all of a sudden SU is a big center school again from Fab Melo to Rakeem Christmas. Just allow yourself to imagine a Melo and Christmas comination in the frontcout in two years. It could be lethal. There is no team it could be sweeter than to take a guy from than Georgetown.”
On hoops opening the season against Northern Iowa:
“Now you can say prepare to be Faroukmaneshed. I like this by SU – going out and saying we’re not afraid to schedule a tough team to open the season. You bring to mind Charlotte a few years ago, Rhode Island. I like this scheduling a lot and this is a tough test right off the bat. I’m a little surprised this is game number one though, rather than game 7 or 8 but I’m excited to see it.”
And on the looming question of Averin Collier surrounding SU’s summer practice opening this week.
“The biggest issue I’ll be watching is the running back situation. I think that’s huge. Who’s gonna run the ball for these guys? I’m also intrigued to see what happens in the secondary. Last year Syracuse had a pretty good front four, but I think the back four is the biggest question mark. If this team is going to make a bowl game, the secondary is going to be good.”