well, and welcome to this edition of the news magician pregame with Cristian Guzman. Kevin Wall.
I'm Steve Taylor.
How we doing today, guys? Well, well, so I guess with the Syracuse, Uh, football 2020 pregame.
So we got to start off talking about injury updates right before kickoff.
That sounds right.
And it wouldn't It wouldn't be a game day without some sort of late breaking injury news for the orange.
Yeah, that's ah.
Unfortunately, if anyone hasn't heard, it has officially come out and then confirmed that both Sean Tucker and Trey Williams are not dressed today.
So everything that Christian and I put our predictions on this week has been completely thrown sideways, So I don't know.
I lost this week, so that's good.
So kicking that one off? Great.
Um, the I don't know, I guess.
What do we think? What do you think we're gonna do offense now that we have, I guess Officially, the seventh string running back starting.
It's technically the sixth or fifth, because I think Mark nz Pierre was above Tucker.
Uh, when he was I mean, he was when the additional depth chart came out.
God, that was so long ago.
But mark NZ Pierre for those who don't know it was reported by Stephen Bailey that he is taking reps the initial pregame warmup, perhaps with the first team.
So it looks for all intensive purposes that he will be the starting running back and not Cooper Lutz.
Does that change things? I think it does, because e think he ever is more of a bull type Russia who will try to push his way up the field rather than let's Who is Mawr inclined to bounce around and maybe get to the outside on.
I think that could actually change how the line will block and, hell, uh, Syracuse decides how to run the ball.
Uh, but without Tucker, it gets significantly harder to generate any offense and take the pressure off Rex from throwing the ball.
Which is something that Syracuse it is pretty much inclined to try and do.
Given Rex is our accuracy issues this year and literally qualified and the second worst in the country with accuracy, I believe was the number eso Hopefully we can get that up a little this week.
Um, the leg you said Pierre between the tackles and let's outside seem to be the predominant options.
Unfortunately, by losing Tucker, you lose that back.
That can do both.
So it kind of telegraphs what we're doing a little bit more than we'd like it to.
Um, yeah, it's It's not not optimal by any stretch, so we might have got a little bit of good news.
Reports are that Dakota Davis's dressed for the first time the season, and it looks like Todd Harris is back from his, uh, team rules violation.
The Mr Game last week.
But Steve Davis's back and let's say let's assume he's gonna play, do you slot him right in back a guard on the line.
Ah, and yes, And maybe, um, it's a really, really hard decision because you've got a unit that's been playing together for six weeks now that, you know, has gotten to understand what each other is doing.
Davis worked last year with service in federal with center and with first round it tackle Um, do you slide him in for Chris Elmore who well, he, you know, came into the season is a full back DT tight end utility non lineman.
Um and turn into arguably our best lineman on the year.
Uh, do you do you slide them in there and put more back in the backfield, which would probably help out the fullback game a little because I guarantee he's better blocking than Luke Benson.
Or do you slap him in for Darius Tisdale? And who has had, you know, some ups and downs this year? He's been overall a solid guard.
But you know, there's some ups and downs.
Um, so it za really strange situation is to how and where, uh, Dino is gonna play this one.
Who was gonna decide to make that maneuver if if in that eventuality he even starts this week, you know, they may get him some reps this week and get him up to game sweet for next week.
So the staring across the line at Boogie Basham fact decision of what you dio Syracuse wants to run the ball.
Um, you know, we know that without color, you want to get the best chance to run and you're going up against a guy who I think he's had a tackle for a loss in some ridiculous streak of games which, uh, 2023 straight games No one else in the FBS has double digits in the industry for consecutive games for tackles for a loss.
So she was just give a man on the birthplace like when you're lost, like, have fun right to him and fall down like or what they got out of the way.
Or what you do is have Nike run that weird fork down Wildcat play and just give Boogie Vashem's that for the tackle for loss and then just continue with the game from there.
Yeah, yeah, just get it out of the way early problem solved.
Then we can play our game.
He does mildly worry me in the past.
If you look at the way he charts out against the run, I don't know if it's a function of the system Wake plays or what.
He doesn't look nearly as effective against the run, which is part of why I predicated by my prediction and like my fact, thanks to watch on Sean Tucker healthy, Um, because if he is healthy, that really you know, if we can ride the run, it takes one element of fashions game out of it.
If we've got a pass, then, um I don't know.
Maybe Justin There may be, actually, maybe we should get all the way down the Lampson being ready, get him to campus and suited up.
And so yeah, it's ah, if we can If we can keep him from pinning his ears back, we should be able to hopefully do something.
But I'm not holding my breath on that one.
What about on the other side of the ball? And weak wakes been running effectively this year.
Their quarterback is experienced, but he's only throwing about 23 passes per game.
And, uh, one of Andy signals pressure from the down three because Hartman has been, uh, notably less effective when under pressure this season.
Well, Syracuse try to just use the three down linemen, or we're going to see a lot of those that blitz action that we saw earlier in the year.
I think you need to because, uh, I was kind of actually a little bit surprised, but not at the same time when we did our midseason grades on this site.
Obviously only one to give the defensive linemen a d.
Everyone else on the on the site gave them a C or C plus or C minus, just as a little behind the scenes.
Look at how we did our midseason grades on the site this week.
Onda reason why I gave the defensive linemen a D is because safe for one or two moments they have been produced.
The type of pressure that you would expect.
Upperclassmen, that all four defensive lineman, not just the three starters but Cody Roscoe as well have are expected to produce from guys who have that amount of collegiate experience.
It's only been maybe a sack of game, maybe a tackle for loss of game, but it's not much else after that.
It's their influence hasn't been as a big part of that is because of the system.
The 335 isn't necessarily the most conducive system for defensive lineman to make their presence known, especially in the past.
Rush usually see that from the linebackers, which I mean, the linebackers have been the best pass rushing unit this year, but it's kind of concerning that.
McKinley Williams only had a really good game in terms off you, asserting his presence on the different defensive line last week against Clemson, and that wasn't necessary.
The best performance from Williams, either.
There was a blip here and there, so I think that needs to be a big focus on, and we saw it against Duke.
Duke necessarily didn't have the best offensive line, however.
It felt like Duke bullied the Syracuse front four or front three on almost every single play.
No, Syracuse can't do that against wig.
That means Hartmann's going to become comfortable and we start running back.
City become comfortable and that will open up the holes that the 2nd and 3rd level that have run defense need a block and also allow Hartman to sit back and just get the small gains that chase Bryson Malik Willis did.
Um, in the previous two games that don't just do enough in the passing game.
So the run just take over.
Once again, Steve went with the way the circuit corner they're playing, and I believe they're the two top corners in terms of FBS in terms of lack of touchdown against them, right? I think Carol Williams, the first pick six, and Trevor Lawrence his career, um, last week with the ability of those corners to play, man on the outside, you drop in extra help in the safeties.
We saw that the Syracuse safety weren't great, especially against Duke and Liberty at filling the run game.
How does 20 white maybe adjust today? Uh huh.
If you ask me this question 25 minutes ago, there's there's a very distinctly different answer than what we have Now I eat Assume we'll probably have What? Greenwood, Carter and Hannah as our starting three.
So three freshmen, which, you know, that seems amazing.
I mean, thankfully, at this point in the season, Hannah, Uh, actually, Hannah Green would end.
Yeah, I'm like, picturing him.
Couldn't remember his name, but the three of them have had plenty of snaps.
You also have, as we just got from the newsroom, the addition of offered suiting up again.
So, um, it should be very interesting thio to see how they deploy that whether or not they whether or not Tony goes with kind of an over the top two and brings another guy into the box making it close for, like, a 34 type look, um, or whether for that matter.
I mean, you don't really have to.
I don't want to say you don't have to worry about Hartman, but he's It's almost like the old Georgia Tech games, where it's like they're going to run the ball and then they're going to try and surprise you with the past.
Eso ItT's almost more worrisome if we try and man up and just getting run off.
So uh huh, I really have no idea.
It's not gonna be an easy decision for White as to what he's going to dio any thoughts from your Christian.
If he does decide to bring someone, I think it's gonna be Hannah.
Hannah has looked actually pretty good, and some of those pass rushing scenarios I don't think he'll bring Carter.
I don't think he'll bring Greenwood.
I think those two will stay back, but I think a lot of it is is if they do go into the past, it's gonna come down to that point.
I brought up a couple of weeks ago of the linebackers playing in zone coverage as well, because what White has continued to favor is dropping the linebackers into contains and zones instead of bringing them on the pass rush, which I think is where they're the most effective.
But it's more likely that Tony White drops two or almost three line patterns back into zone coverage, and that's where it's gonna open up for heart.
Expose Syracuse over the middle because even though Trevor Lawrence Jinan targeted as much last week, there were still some gaps in the zone that Lawrence attacked and attacked.
Well, um, safer than that one ball to Amaury Rogers, which would have been a 30 yard gain if it wasn't behind.
Instead, it was a pick six toe Garret Williams.
But we looked at were Rogers was he was in the middle of five people.
Yeah, that was exactly exactly.
And that's where Syracuse has struggled the entire year.
Especially when, as I mentioned, take a look at the pit game.
Look at how Maney pit wide receivers found themselves in the middle of five people.
That was when Syracuse had Andre Cisco and True Williams healthy and playing um in that zone coverage as well.
So it has to do a little bit with the linebackers as well, tracking back into that zone coverage when they decide to as well.
I think if you really want to pressure Hartman, that's when you've got to start bringing two or three line.
Uh, maybe two linebackers.
That might be overkill, but two linebackers and really make him consider how he wants to throw the ball and went.
The weight comes into this game with only one turnover.
That's the one thing Syracuse's has done.
Well, um, this year is is create force turnovers.
They haven't cashed them in that zone story of the 2020 season, but can they dial up the pressure? Do you think White plays it more aggressively knowing that he's got young guys? Zone hasn't been effective.
You have a team that wants to run the ball, you know? Is he gonna put he's gonna force wait to try and challenge, maybe with some quick, quick throws to the outside.
Um, you know, try to get Hartman off the rhythm, tryto disrupt the running game.
I think if you see any turnover, it's gonna come from a fumble from a from big hit because I think that's how Syracuse is gonna wanna play.
Um, it's gonna it's gonna be tough seeing Hartman test, Uh, if he or Garrett on the sidelines, because just off how good Both of those Both of those guys have looked this year.
But if turnover is gonna happen, is gonna be, I think, from a fumble, because that Z Syracuse is predicated its defense this year that's flying fast and hitting guys and hitting guys hard, which is a large majority of have the turnovers happening.
Cost cost, some hard hits and some will out of bulk carriers.
Um, I think that's gonna be how Syracuse, if if at all, can cause turnovers.
But then, then that comes with the caveat.
Uh, if you go too hard that if you go too fast, that's what we'll see.
The mystical is that we saw played Syracuse in the Duke game and the Liberty game to make some extent in clubs in and in and in the Georgia Tech game.
That's where we'll see the big 2030 yard runs, as if Syracuse goes too hard hunting for those big hits and it's 1920 outside of work, right? Anyone outside of if he and Garrett haven't really been that great.
An open field tackling at this point.
So, um and you know, even even them on occasion haven't looked phenomenal.
So it's it's definitely ah, weakness that we don't want to exploit on our own.
And so, Steve, how can When Sookie says the ball, How could Sterling Gilbert try to make use of what he's got, which is three running backs who don't seem well suited to carry the ball 15 to 20 times each between the tackles? He's got receivers on depth at tight end, but he's got a quarterback who is inaccurate.
Do you think he continues to, um, quick reads with Rex? Um, you know, a lot of people pointed out that Rex hasn't been sacked nearly as much as Tommy DeVito.
Ah, lot of people try to talk about holding the ball, you know, a couple weeks of liberty where Rex stepped back and took a 20 yards act when they're in field goal range, which a lot of people seem to forget.
But he's basically, you know, three steps in the balls out.
Um, can Syracuse utilize the quick passing like, you know, Do they keep rotating in receivers? Do we see? Um, you know, Damian offered, moved to the outside and maybe Harris slide inside.
What new rig? Right with? Well, And that's with with Alfred healthy to it.
You know, I guess.
And none of us know what happened in camp or where he was lined up.
For what? You know, he's a decent sized target.
He's a true freshman, but Or is your Richard this year? No tree history.
He's part of Canadian contingency that was coming to take over Central New York, right? The bus from Quebec that came down and, you know, dropped everybody off.
So yeah, that that, I guess, is the ultimate question is, what? What can you do? I think they've been on the right idea trying to get the ball out of Rex's hands.
Um, the execution of it has been if we can keep some of those quick passes, keep trying to get the ball into our plan.
Your hands? Um, it's kind of the only way you can really do it.
I mean, we can't rely on Rex to try and Threadneedle um, it's going to work.
And then it's also going to, uh, two of those pics against Clemson.
If the ball was on target we're probably 15 20 yard gains and steady through behind the guy and directly to, uh, you know, well, he's just playing the ball like chasing for a tackle after the catch.
So if we can keep him from trying to throw into that same pocket, that, uh, we've actually determined that s u wants tow cover on defense.
Uh, that was open against Clemson as well.
That's for two of those picks were So it Z.
It's weird to try and play within Rex's limitations when we don't have a running back to rely on, um, tight ends, swing passes, get the ball, the playmaker's hands and it's almost like we've been saying this a lot.
I can't believe I'm actually going to suggest this, but helpful throwing a screen or two in there once.
The last time we've seen Sterling Gilbert draw up a screen.
Maybe the pit game I know three times against three times against Clemson.
Two of them were blown up before they had a chance to materialize.
This happens when I end up re watching and ****yzing every play on then the one.
Actually, you're twice against Clemson.
One of them the linemen ended up, taking out the receiver and the other.
The receiver ended up just getting red great by the cornerback, and it got blown up.
But that Z that also brings it to my point, like we've only seen a screen a handful of times, and we should endeavor to get the ball into their playmaker's hands.
So a Todd Harrison 19 Johnson, who can really make some magic happened in the open field, even look bent into an extent as well.
Why not a screen or to to just get the ball into their hands? We've seen touch, uh, be successful on some of those screens, even if the bucking isn't necessarily there for him.
So eso maybe throwing a couple Maurin there because, as you said, Gilbert doesn't it was only three times against Clemson and e think, Hubert, throw it in e got to stand up for Gilbert a little bit there because he dialed up a couple, won the Georgia Tech game and then won the Duke and people claim that, you know, DeVito threw the ball too hard, but he had 1 to 19 dialed up.
That probably would have been a touchdown against Georgia Tech and then against Duke.
I think it was clearly who dropped one.
Um, you know, whoever's fault it is, they didn't connect, but he had dialed up a couple of good tunnel screen.
I think, you know, and Steve could talk about this outside screens right now.
It's hard when you're throwing them two guys who aren't good blockers, and I don't think our tackles can get out in space, you know, to make them effective.
So to me last week we had a couple plays for Nike.
Johnson, um, the Wildcat, which, frankly, you know, that was execution.
The call was there to Syracuse.
Guys whiffed and the cleansing and just was able to crash down.
But that play was there.
And then the third down, where they ran the end around or reverse to him that he also for a touchdown.
Eso There's some he's done, not enough.
And so I don't know if it's him calling plays or just the overall execution of the line.
But I think there's definitely been growth since the North Carolina game, especially where we looked at a lot of the stuff.
It was like water we trying to do on offense with the identity.
And so I think, you know, maybe with offered if he's a guy that could be used in the screen game.
Justin Barons, another freshman wide receiver but good size Courtney Jackson Courtney in Sherrod did not show anything so far this year.
So at this point, when people talk about letting young players on the field, I think the wide receivers is a position where that's something where you could get guys out in the field and even if its barren and offered and blockers, you know, use their size.
And maybe those plays become a little bit more effective on the outside.
But I did want to bring before we get into predictions.
So everybody's clamoring for freshmen quarterbacks.
In this situation without Tucker, what's what's your opinion? So we're taking the one running back that could block out of the equation, too.
Yes, yeah, That seems a very good different fresh a freshman quarterback into the fire.
For a guy who has 23 straight tackles for loss in a growing his career earlier, I think that's a very good idea.
Morgan Morgan wasn't a Q B until recently, so he's used to actually being hit with the ball in his hands.
E play Devil's advocate.
If you're going to put a running back back there, who can help the line calls for a freshman? Would you put Cooper, Lutz, Traber, Penna or Mark NZ Pierre? So I wonder if him running with the ones means that there's at least some place that we might see Morgan or Markowitz today.
I don't think we'll see them extensively, but, you know, thinking when Pierre went in there, you know, to make that switch from let's to peer I wondered if it just has to do with experience calling.
Help him with blocking schemes.
Yeah, it's probably a combination of that and just him being more of a multi down back, whereas, like Christian said earlier, lots is a little more of an outside read.
Pain is much more Jordan esque, you know, get him out, get him in space versus town in between the tackles.
So this with the PR move, you kind of write him a little more on Ben.
Who knows what we'll see with the line play.
So because that's what scares me.
It was for the for the for the freshman quarterback is the line play because you think the You think the first offensive line has struck away until the backups or lack thereof get into the game like that, they get significantly hard.
Alright, guys, we're approaching kicked off prediction.
Steven, I would like to amend our predictions from Quinn to a Wake Forest win.
I am officially changing into a 31 10 Wake Forest win.
I can't do that on the site or on daily site, but you're on the livestream.
Everyone knows that I have Wake Forest with this 31 10.
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