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Syracuse Football looking for "Moe" speed in 2017

Moe Neal took his first collegiate carry 49 yards for a touchdown (Niko Tamurian)

The Syracuse football preseason camp is in full swing now.

With four days of practice now under the players' belts, many of them are feeling better about the season with having Coach Dino Babers for two years now and the offense becoming second-nature.

“It feels great you know, I definitely feel more comfortable. We are knowing the offense and being able to make the calls at the running back position and just being ready and mentally focused and prepared” says sophomore back Moe Neal.

Neal burst onto the scene as a true freshman in 2016. You know the story by now, the first time he ever touched the ball in college, he took it 49 yards to the house to give SU an early lead over Colgate.

This is the common theme is that has been presented by many players so far this season. The natural progression in year two of the Babers' regime.

Senior Erv Phillips praises Neal and how he can be a real key piece to the team.

“He’s a versatile kid, he will help us a lot this fall, he can do many things like running back and receiver. I feel like he will be more explosive this year after another year with Coach (Edinger) in the weight room. So I feel like he has a lot of potential this year” Philips says.

However, Moe is not concerned about what he has to do as much as what his team has to do. “It’s an opportunity for us to shock the world. You can ask anybody outside of this football team who believes that we can win with this schedule and most of them would say no like I said, all we got is us and we’re a family and all we want to do is win" he adds.

With the first time that quarterback Eric Dungey has the same offense for two consecutive years, and a strong offensive line behind him, the Orange are anxiously looking forward to the upcoming season and hopeful of making a bowl game.

That quest begins September 1st, a Friday night opener against Central Connecticut State.

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