Syracuse Football Preseason Camp: Orange Offense Needs Improvement As Season Opener Looms

Preseason football camp for the Syracuse Orange has less than two weeks remaining, and entering its second-to-last week there's one big concern hovering around the program entering its season opener, Sept. 1, against visiting Northwestern-- the offense.

Despite entering the season with a offensive-minded head coach in Doug Marrone, a third-year starting quarterback in senior Ryan Nassib and an offensive line that returns three starters -- one being a Big East First-Team selection, Justin Pugh, who notably has missed preseason camp with a lower body injury -- the Orange's offense is struggling to find a rhythm.

"We’re not ready to play right now in game-like conditions," Syracuse University head coach Doug Marrone said Saturday following his team’s first formal scrimmage of the preseason. "Obviously, we need to make some vast improvement."

For the Orange, which managed five touchdowns but five interceptions during its scrimmage at Fort Drum, preseason has been a grind. So far, coach Marrone has pushed his squad maybe further than he ever has, and its obvious he's still not pleased with the results.

Because of that, Syracuse returned to practice Monday with its final double session of the year. The Orange will have one full practice Tuesday before another scrimmage Wednesday, which hopefully will showcase more fluidity.

With the preseason winding down, here's were the struggling offense stands now:

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