Syracuse football needs these three upperclassmen to step up in 2022.
The Syracuse Orange finished last season 5-7 but could have looked very different. Syracuse football lost three games by three points. The Orange did allow 41 points in two of their last three games; that was injuries and a lack of depth catching up with them. Head coach Dino Babers had the Orange giving maximum effort most of the season.
Coach Babers and offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert completely changed the Orange’s offensive philosophy last season. Syracuse football could not block and had so many injuries to their offensive line. They shifted from a spread up-tempo offense to an option-read power spread offense behind quarterback Garrett Schrader and running back Sean Tucker.
The change in philosophy hid many of Syracuse’s issues with pass blocking and allowed them to possess the ball, keeping it away from some of the more high-powered offenses in the conference. The good news for Syracuse is the critical members of their offense returns this fall.
Syracuse was able to keep Tucker in upstate New York alongside Schrader. Is there a path for the Orange to go to a bowl game for the first time since 2018? Yes. These three upperclassmen need to step up and play well for it to happen.