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    Syracuse Football: Spring Practice Storylines That Matter

    Syracuse football spring practice is here. The storylines that matter, what’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.

    March 9, 2016

    Syracuse football spring practice is here. Here are the storylines that matter, what’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.

    The heavy lifting begins for Dino Babers at Syracuse …

    Based on his work at Bowling Green, Babers appears to be a smart hire for the Orange, which has finished over .500 just three times since 2002. This spring represents the coach’s first opportunity to validate assumptions, work with his new players and install an offensive system that’s going to be foreign to those kids.

    Syracuse is going to move quickly with the ball, faster than at any time in school history, so conditioning and playbook retention will be crucial for this undermanned team if it expects to surpass modest expectations.

    No One Is Worried About …

    The linebackers. Babers inherits a nice collection of talent on the second level of the defense, one of the few areas where depth and experience aren’t a worry. Zaire Franklin is a captain and the leading tackler, Marqez Hodge manned weakside and Parris Bennett started the first eight games at strongside before a helmet-to-helmet collision shut him down.

    Extra Attention Must Be Given To …

    The offensive line. If the Orange has any chance of exceeding offensive expectations, the line must protect quarterback Eric Dungey, who missed a chunk of 2015 to a concussion. It must also create space for up-and-coming running back Jordan Fredericks.

    The spring practice storyline that matters most …

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