Syracuse Football opening its third season under Dino Babers

Dino Babers is about to embark on his third season leading Syracuse Football (file photo)

For Syracuse Football, it's been a rough bowl drought since 2013.

Looking at just the surface of that statement and you might think the program is in worse shape than it really is.

A closer look shows that in Dino Babers first two seasons with the Orange, injuries completely and utterly derailed possible, if not probable, bowl eligible seasons.

Consider that Eric Dungey, one of the most dynamic players in the ACC has been injured during the first game of November in each of those seasons, never to return is a testament to how close Syracuse could've been.

Now, they're ready to settle the score.

“This is the first time I’ve ever had a year three anywhere so this is new ground for me as well. But I think just having a better understanding of what’s going on in the conference, having a better understanding of the 107 guys in the room and knowing what they’re hot buttons are, knowing how to push them, knowing which ones to push and which ones not to push and just having a lot more comradery with the family. I think that everybody’s headed in the right direction. I think there’s more of our type of guys in the room than before and I think it’s going to pay off for us in the long run."

The opportunity is here, camp opens Thursday and the season officially is underway.

"It’s really exciting that talking season is about to be over’ I give that back to the old ball coach because I still think that’s one of the greatest lines of all time, talking season and we get an opportunity to go out and work. We have 26 days of working before our first game and to see people develop, to see where they’re at and it’s going to be interesting to see what surfaces to the top. We’re going to have some guys that surprise us that come from nowhere, we always have. And other guys that maybe we were expecting a lot from not do so well. So, to me, it’s a fun part of the season, we actually get to put our hands on them and to work with these young men and see where they end up.”

The season opener is set for August 31, a Friday night game at Western Michigan.

The Broncos are coached by former Syracuse Offensive Coordinator Tim Lester.

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