SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 11: Head coach Doug Marrone of the Syracuse Orange looks on during the game against the Washington Huskies on September 11 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle Washington. The Huskies defeated the Orange 41-20. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Syracuse Football Camp: Orange Offense Needs Improvement As Season Looms

The Syracuse Orange football program has preseason practice. Check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream for the latest information.

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Syracuse Football Preseason Camp: Sean Hickey Stepping Up In Place Of Justin Pugh

The Syracuse Orange football program has been missing its best player since the start of preseason camp, as left tackle Justin Pugh has been out with a shoulder injury. Despite the loss of a Big East Conference First-Team selection, the Orange have gotten a lot of production out of junior Sean Hickey, who has taken over at LT.

"Sean Hickey’s really done a very good job," Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone told CuseNation.com Monday. "He’s been solid and I think that’s a credit to him because going into it, I was very concerned. I knew that Sean had the ability, big and strong, and we talked about it prior to as far as linemen coming in. Out of all the linemen we’ve ever brought in here, he’s probably had the best ability to get on the field fast because of his strength."

The Orange are looking for Hickey to fill the void of Pugh, who's expected to miss the rest of preseason camp and possible the first month of the season. As of right now, SU coaches aren't considered about the switch. What they are concerned about is the injury-prone Hickey staying healthy, something he hasn't done throughout his collegiate career.

"Going through those injuries, and really not being on the field, for him to come in and do the job he’s done, I think that’s very commendable on that part."

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Syracuse Football: Adrian Flemming's Status Still Unknown

Syracuse wide receiver Adrian Flemming landed awkwardly after going up for pass during Saturday's scrimmage and was later carted off the field with his left ankle heavily bandaged. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, the team has yet to release an update on the status of the junior wideout.

The 6-foot-3 197-pound Flemming has reportedly been one of the biggest bright spots for the Orange throughout camp this summer. The injury appeared serious at the time. Flemming reportedly screamed in pain as he lay on the grass for several minutes.

The Orange have had several injury issues at receiver already. Leading returning receiver Alec Lemon sat out the scrimmage due to a minor lower-body injury and redshirt freshman Keenan Hale was sidelined due to undisclosed reasons.

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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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Syracuse Scrimmage: Orange Offense Struggles In Final Day At Fort Drum

The Syracuse football program concluded its week of practice sessions at Fort Drum with a scrimmage Saturday, and according to reports by Gordon Block of the Watertown Daily Times, the offense struggled while the defense flourished.

While enthusiasm was high, the scrimmage exposed a few flaws in the team’s game plan only weeks before its Sept. 1 opener against Northwestern at the Carrier Dome.

Overall, says Block, Orange head coach Doug Marrone was not pleased by his team's effort.

Marrone expressed concern that his team was not executing well, and that the offense was dropping too many passes and not finding openings. The quarterback unit gave up five interceptions during the two-hour scrimmage.

"Obviously, we need to make some vast improvements," Marrone said.

This was the squad's first scrimmage with referees, who blew the whistle a lot, says Block. It featured just one big play between starting quarterback Ryan Nassib and tight end David Stevens.

The highlight of the scrimmage came when freshman wide receiver Ben Lewis came up with a difficult diving catch while under tight coverage on a perfectly thrown, floating pass from sophomore quarterback Terrel Hunt. The 20-yard touchdown catch drew one of the largest cheers of the day.

The Orange will head back to the SU campus on Sunday.

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Syracuse Football Camp: Fan Fest Highlights Day 5 Of Preseason

For the first time in almost four months, the fanbase of the Syracuse Orange football team will get a chance Friday to see its team, as the program will hold its annual Fan Fest beginning at 3 p.m. inside the Carrier Dome. This will be Day 5 of the Orange's preseason camp and the first full-pad practice.

"I think Fanfest is something that the players look forward to," Syracuse head coach Doug Doug Marrone said Wednesday. "I know I look forward to it."

For about two hours (3:20-5:30 p.m.), Syracuse will go through full contact and individual drills. Its expected most eyeballs will be on all-purpose player Ashton Broyld, who has been getting most of his preseason reps at running back.

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Syracuse Football Camp, Day 2: Ryan Norton, Rob Thompson, Markus Pierce-Brewster

The Syracuse Orange football program took to the field, again, Tuesday, as Day 2 of preseason camp took place. The Orange, trying to improve on last season's 5-7 record, still were wearing shorts and t-shirts (head coach Doug Marrone said the team would put shoulder pads on Wednesday and Thursday before going full pads on Friday at Fan Fest) and mainly working on technique, says Syracuse Post-Standard writer Dave Rahme.

"...much time was spent on the technical aspects of each position such as proper hand placement, steps, form and stance as well as installation," wrote Rahme.

For about 45 minutes, Rahme was about to wonder around Syracuse practice and came away with a few observations. Here's some of them in bullet point form:

  • Freshmen kicker Ryan Norton has a big leg and will be an asset on kicksoffs.
  • Freshman tight end Rob Thompson (6-foot-4, 266 pounds) moves well for his size, he also has solid hands.
  • Defensive end Markus Pierce-Brewster, last year a JUCO All-American, has good size and is fast: "fast enough to be on the kickoff unit that opens the season Sept. 1 vs. Northwestern in the Carrier Dome," says Rahme.

A more detailed breakdown of practice can be found here.

For more on Syracuse football's preseason camp, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream. Make sure to visit the SB Nation blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician for much more on the Orange.

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