Opening camp: Syracuse


Schedule: Practice starts at 5 p.m. Monday. First day in pads is Friday afternoon.

What’s new: Head coach Doug Marrone is officially his own offensive coordinator, though he recently announced that quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett will call the plays on game days. Sophomore Ryan Nassib is the starting quarterback, succeeding Greg Paulus.

Sidelined: Leading rusher Delone Carter is suspended from school and must reapply to the university for the fall semester before he can return.

Key battle: The secondary is one area where the Orange are deep and experienced. Coming out of the spring, Shamarko Tomas and Max Suter were listed as co-starters at strong safety, while Phillip Thomas and Kevyn Scott were even at one of the cornerback spots.

New on the scene: Junior-college import Deon Goggins could have an immediate impact on the defensive line. Another juco, Michael Hay, is pushing for a starting job on the offensive line. Hofstra transfer Aaron Weaver could help a young receiving corps.

Breaking out: Someone needs to step up and become a major playmaker at receiver. Can sophomore Alec Lemon take that leap? Also keep an eye on defensive end Chandler Jones, who could be primed for a breakout year.

Don’t forget about: Punter Rob Long is an All-American candidate. His ability to reverse field position should not be overlooked.

All eyes on: The running back situation. With Carter out until at least the tail end of camp, and Averin Collier potentially ineligible, Antwon Bailey is the lone experienced back on the roster right now.

Quoting: "I know that there is a time clock on me from when I was hired. We have to get this team to a bowl game and back up to everyone’s expectations. There is a lot of pressure, yes, but it is something I chose and we all chose.” --Doug Marrone