Let the music play, get the fog machine ready and prepare to blow the horn in the Carrier Dome! Tomorrow is opening day for Syracuse football 2017.
And while there is a lot of excitement and anticipation in the air for a Syracuse team that looks to build on its new ‚ÄúOrange is the new fast‚Äù scheme, there is something Dino Babers should (rightly) be worrying about.
What if Babers‚Äô first recruiting class fails to perform?
In his first year at the helm last season, Babers inherited a fully Scott-Shafer team. He was left to make the best of the situation.
And, arguably, he did. The Orange posted another 4-8 season, but the energy on the gridiron felt more electric.
Now, with his own recruiting class in Central New York, Babers must keep the show going. For his own record‚Äôs sake.
Tommy DeVito, Ravian Pierce, Ryan Guthrie, Brandon Berry, Alton Robinson and others‚Äô success will determine how Babers is viewed going forward. Babers might bring excitement, but can he bring results.
Of course, Babers will train them. Players will practice and figure out what they need to do.
But everything on paper is always different than everything on the field. Now, we get to see what happens.
Published: David Edelstein