Syracuse football has only had a handful of camp days so far, but in that time a few members of Dino Babers’ 2016 recruiting class have impressed. Three freshmen have made particularly big impacts.
Back on National Signing Day, the California native told the Fizz about his potential role in Syracuse’s offense.
“I believe I’ll fit perfectly in the offense…Babers wants to utilize me in the slot and at running back too,” Riley said.
So far, the receiver is making the most out of his opportunities at camp.
One leftover nugget from Syracuse WR Brisly Estime. Asked about emerging freshmen: "(IR) Sean Riley, he's starting to jump out there."
— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 7, 2016
Babers specializes in coaching receivers. At least one player he recruited at the position was going to get a shot on the field this fall. Right now, Riley is leading the way.
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive end Kendall Coleman has been opening eyes.
Syracuse's defensive end rep distribution changes on a daily basis based on performance. Freshman Kendall Coleman earned a bunch today.
— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 10, 2016
Coming into this season, the race for playing time at the defensive end position is wide open. With seven defensive ends on the roster and no real experience between them, these camp sessions will be valuable to the SU staff to see who can make the jump. Through the first few practices, Coleman looks like a good bet to work into a rotation come September.
Like Coleman, Black also plays defensive end and has made a name for himself in the opening week of camp.
Here’s the Post Standard’s Stephen Bailey on the Illinois native.
Another freshman, Joshua Black, is likely the most physically ready to play early at 6 feet, 3 inches and 257 pounds. Laguerre said Black has been a “good sponge” in meeting rooms, showing a willingness to learn and improve that aligns with his limited experience at the position.
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Posted: Connor Morrissette