Monday, September 19, 2016

Injuries mounting in secondary for Syracuse

Syracuse posted its game notes for Saturday's game at UConn and there are some changes on the two-deep chart from the USF game.

The biggest news is that safety Antwan Cordy, Syracuse's second-leading tackler last season, is out for the rest of the season due to a forearm injury. It was also announced that starting cornerback Juwan Dowels (knee) will also miss the rest of the season. The good news is that both injured players are eligible to recapture the season of eligibility.

Rodney Williams is now listed as the starting free safety in place of Cordy (he wasn't even on Syracuse's two-deep chart last week) while Cordell Hudson is now listed as a starting corner in place of Dowels with Christopher Frederick moving into the two-deep chart. Williams and Hudson each started five games last season so Syracuse won't be breaking in newcomers.

Another interesting note regarding to depth chart is that last year's leading rusher Jordan Fredericks was listed as the primary backup to Dontae Strickland last week but now freshman Moe Neal is listed as the No. 2 tailback. Neal is third on the team in rushing attempts to Strickland and quarterback Eric Dungey and has 27 carries to 14 for Fredericks.

Freshman Sean Riley appears as the starter on both the kickoff and punt return teams. Riley has a team-leading 15 kickoff returns so he was already a key guy there and it could be merely the case of the depth chart catching up with what has been transpiring on the field.

Syracuse's notes as well as the AAC weekly released lists Dave Ryan, former NFL cornerback Corey Chavous and Melanie Collins as the broadcast team for CBS Sports Network's coverage of the game.

Other than a possible change at left guard depending on the health of Brendan Vechery, I'm not anticipating many alterations to UConn's depth chart.

The biggest news out of UConn today was that kicker Bobby Puyol was named the American Athletic Conference's Special Teams Player of the Week. UConn didn't even have a player make the honor roll in the first two weeks of the season.


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