SU football team begins spring training

Spring training for the Syracuse University football team is officially underway, and there’s a ton of energy on the field.

“Very high. Almost three cups of coffee,” said SU football coach Dino Babers.

There are some number changes, like quarterback Garrett Shrader going from 16 to six. Offensive lineman Chris Bleich no longer rocks 67, but 63.

There are also new faces, like Michigan transfer Dan Villari.

What do you want to know

  • The SU football team held their second spring training on Monday
  • There are new coaches, including offensive coordinator Robert Anae and QB coach Jason Beck
  • Syracuse is 29-43 since Dino Babers took over in 2016

“We have the big numbers. We want to make sure it’s going to be a tough spring, so it’s going to be very physical,” Babers said.

The seventh-year head coach could be heard from across the building.

“We want to make them bigger, stronger, faster. We want them to know what they’re doing so they don’t have to think and just react,” Babers said.

There are some household names, like All-American corner Garrett Williams and All-ACC first-team linebacker Mikel Jones. Both were eligible for the NFL Draft. Both chose to fire him.

“This group has a really good head on their shoulders, and I’m glad they decided to stay,” Babers said.

New coaches roam the field after another missed bowling game results in a staff overhaul.

Jason Beck is in charge of the callers and Robert Anae is the new offensive coordinator. Both came from UVA. At 63, Anae has been on the sidelines for more than 35 years.

“He sees things and he wants to feed himself and see if those things can grow. He’s doing a fantastic job in that area,” Babers said.

This is just the beginning for this group of players and coaches from Orange. The spring game is less than a month away. It will be played at 7 p.m. on April 1.

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