Syracuse fans get their first look at how the Orange might line-up in the fall with the release of the first depth chart of the 2016 season. This is the first glimpse at the how Dino Babers sees his team for next season, and immediately, there are some things that jump out.
Eric Dungey Listed as No. 1 QB
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Dungey, now a sophomore, led the Orange in passing yards last season with 1,298, after he took over for the injured Terrell Hunt. Dungey showed glimpses of great talent, both throwing the ball and by using his legs. He was the second leader rusher on the team with 351 yards on the ground. If Dungey can stay healthy and stay on the field, he is going to be the man under center for Babers’ team.
Strickland Jumps Fredericks at RB
Dontae Strickland is listed as the number one running back on the depth chart despite Jordan Fredericks leading the team in carries, yards and rushing touchdowns last season. With that said, Strickland certainly showed some dynamic ability in his freshman season. He didn’t get a lot of touches (only 21 carries on the year) but he averaged 3.9 yards per attempt last season. Fredericks may have lost the number one role on paper in April, but expect both him and Strickland to see plenty of carries in the fall.
Stabbing Victim Corey Winfield Listed as Top CB
A scary and potentially tragic incident grabbed the headlines in Syracuse football this past week. Former Syracuse player Naesean Howard allegedly stabbed current Syracuse defensive backs Corey Winfield and Chauncey Scissum at an outdoor barbeque. Both Winfield and Scissum will make a full recovery and Winfield has nabbed the top cornerback spot on the earliest depth chart. Winfield played the first eight games last season racking up 30 tackles and two interceptions, including a pick-six against Rhode Island in the first game of the season. It should also be noted that Scissum is listed as the second free safety on the roster behind Antwan Cordy.
Things are sure to change but Orange fans have their first glimpse at the next season of Syracuse football.