Syracuse offense shines in 1st open practice of spring

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 8, 2014 at 9:29 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Terrel Hunt saw a wide-open Jarrod West jetting toward the end zone. Hunt darted to the right and lofted up a pass that West corralled for a 32-yard score.“He just made a great play,” West said. “He extended the play and scrambled out of the pocket, and we just stayed alive for him and he hit me on a nice ball.”That was one of Syracuse’s five touchdowns on the day in the team’s first open spring practice Tuesday. The Orange offense showed off its new fast-paced look in the Carrier Dome, consistently torching a banged-up defense.Four of SU’s touchdowns came in the air and one was on the ground. Hunt and Co. got off plays efficiently and flaunted the big-play ability George McDonald wants to see regularly.SU head coach Scott Shafer said the scrimmage started off with the defense dominating, recording a string of tackles for loss, but that quickly changed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I was like ‘Holy mackerel, we may not gain a yard,’ and then all of a sudden, ‘Bam,” Shafer said, clapping his hands for emphasis. “It took off.”The Hunt-to-West connection was the first massive gain of the day. Then George Morris II burst through the middle for a 35-yard touchdown run, getting mobbed by his teammates once he crossed the plane.On the very next play, Hunt found Brisly Estime on a bubble screen on the right side. Estime juked a few defenders and took it to the house, scoring from more than 50 yards out. McDonald said Estime has impressed this spring, and it’s clear he’ll have a more significant role this season after bursting onto the scene toward the end of last year.Then incoming-freshman quarterback AJ Long found rising-sophomore Corey Winfield for a touchdown, and Mitch Kimble connected with Ben Lewis on the outside for a score.“We had players in space make plays out there,” Shafer said. “I’d say today, especially the second part of the scrimmage, the offense made some plays out there.”Adonis Ameen-Moore had a couple nice bounces to the outside for sizable gains. Overall, the offense was fluid and effective.A speedy offense means many players will cycle in and out for the Orange, and West feels speeding things up will help Syracuse immensely.“Going fast is a good thing,” West said. “It tires out the defense.” Commentslast_img

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