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Final Games, Improvements and Unpredictability: SU Player Takeaways

Courtesy Cuse.com

On Tuesday night, Syracuse tight end Aaron Hackett, running back Sean Tucker and defensive lineman Kingsley Jonathan talked to members of the media. For Tucker, as a freshman, this season has been much different than for seniors Hackett and Jonathan. 

Now with a new quarterback in freshman JaCobian Morgan, Tucker says practice has been the most important element to the offense being on the same page.

“It’s just the reps and meetings and practice,” Tucker said. “It’s a lot of opportunities, for like us and our quarterbacks.”

Tucker started the season as an afterthought in the running back room. Now, the Maryland native is averaging over five yards per carry and seems to be on track to be an integral part of SU’s offense throughout his collegiate career.

On the Same Page

Hackett said that prior to the season, the team had sit-down meetings to discuss what everyone had to do to ensure Syracuse was able to avoid COVID-19 exposure this season. So far, SU hasn’t had a positive coronavirus case within its football program in months, and has played every game on time. 

“This year is about sacrifice and I think everyone across the world has had to sacrifice a lot,” Hackett said. “There’s things going wrong around campus, there’s temptation, there’s parties, all this stuff and I’m just really proud of all my guys who haven’t bought into that temptation.”

Jonathan also mentioned how well the team has done to combat COVID-19. The rest of the team looked out for the seniors to make sure they were able to play a potential final season of college football, Jonathan said. 

Not Looking Ahead…for some

Both Jonathan and Hackett said that they were not thinking about next season, and a decision to go pro versus another year at Syracuse. But Hackett mentioned how NCAA passage of an extra year of eligibility was relieving for players across the country.

Tucker, detailed how he plans to improve during the offseason in Syracuse’s weight training program. Besides getting stronger, Tucker plans on working as his speed entering his sophomore season.

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