Coming off as bad a performance an offensive line can have, Airon Servais looks to anchor a unit that can protect its quarterback. Tommy DeVito was sacked more than any QB in the country last season, a staggering 44 times.
Why SU Needs Him
Servais played the majority of last season filling in for an injured Sam Heckel at center. Eventually he was granted the move out the left edge where he thrived. The Green bay, Wisconsin native was the most talented player on the line last season, it only made sense for him to play in the most important spot. Once that change was made, the team brought in a couple wins. A 49-6 victory down in Duke put some life back into the engine of Syracuse and a win to cap off the year at home against Wake Forest had fans hopeful towards this season. Tommy DeVito learned what it felt like to have time to throw the ball, and the offense started to gel nicely. Going into his senior campaign, Servais has the potential to be named All-ACC.
Best Case Scenario
This year’s depth chart has SU’s trenches looking weak. No Evan Adams, in his place the incredibly versatile Chris Elmore, and no word on Florida-transfer, Chris Bleich. This is an opportunity for Servais to lead this unit, and hopefully mold them into a serviceable offensive line. At this point you really can’t hope for them to be great, rather just for them to give DeVito enough time to find a receiver and generate some kind of aerial attack, as well as pave a way for Jahwar Jordan to provide Syracuse with a respectable ground game. If all goes well, DeVito won’t end up on the ground 44 times when it’s all said and done.
Worst Case Scenario
It can’t really get much worse than last season right? If Servais can’t get a hold on this group DeVito could be looking at a tough season and possibly a few visits to the chiropractor. The SU offense would crumble once again without much protection and rough season would be imminent.
Monday, September 7- #5 Josh Black
Tuesday, September 8- #4 Taj Harris
Wednesday, September 9-#3 Airon Servais
Thursday, September 10-#2?
Friday, September 11, #1?