The Syracuse Orange football team looks to take the field this Saturday as a part of their first spring game in the Carrier Dome.
Fourth year head coach Doug Marrone and the team are looking to bounce back after a disappointing season in 2011, finishing 5-7 (1-6 in the Big East) and tied for last in the division with the University of South Florida. “The Spring has been great,” Marrone said. “I think we have a good, clear picture of what the two-deep would be if we had to play. I think we have a much better feel of team chemistry, which is a big thing coming into the spring. I think it’s the highest it’s ever been, and I couldn’t be more excited about where we are right now.”
Most think that the spring game is like a inner-squad scrimmage, and it is, but really it is much more. They are out their competing for a starting position and unless you like warming up the seats for the starters, you are going to give one hundred percent out there. Another aspect where fans may think that this game is worthless is because you think: “Both defenses know what plays the offenses can run in each formation.” However, that is not the case. “It’s highly competitive,” Marrone said. “We’re not talking to the coaches on the other team. We really have two sides of the football not knowing how the other side is going to attack it.”
Coach Marrone is looking forward to an outstanding season after a great pre-season.