Syracuse opened football practice this week and it sure felt good after a one-year hiatus, even just wearing shorts.
"It's not like Christmas morning, but it's exciting," coach Dino Babers said. "It's fun to see the kids ready to go. The biggest thing about this year is that we didn't have a spring last year. No team did. We've got guys on our team that have game experience, which is valuable. That's money in the bank. It makes you better. But they haven't had the skillset that they needed to have. Now it's time to go back and give them the tool belt."
Syracuse is coming off one of the worst seasons in program history. The Orange finished 1-10 overall and 1-9 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, tied for last with Duke, which beat the Orange in the Carrier Dome.