The Syracuse Offensive Line which performed poorly is behind on preparation for the 2020 season due to a lack of spring practices. One source of hope for the Orange is the transfer of Chris Bleich from Florida, who is currently waiting for the NCAA to grant his eligibility.
It’s a concern, for sure. Syracuse had the fifth worst sack rate (12%) out of all 130 FBS programs last year, according to Football Outsiders. They were banged up, overtaxed and playing out of position practically all year, leaving quarterback Tommy DeVito running for his life. And though the only place for the O-line to go is up, Babers has already cast concern over this year’s group. When asked about the unit on Monday, Babers hinted that the group already has some injuries and might not be at full strength until late September or early October. Add Bleich’s still pending eligibility ruling, and a huge improvement looks even less likely. They’ll be better, but a negligible boost won’t do much.
-Danny Emmerman, Syracuse Reporter
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