Marquis Spruill Back in Middle for Syracuse Orange Defense

By Tyler Brett
The Star-Ledger – USA TODAY Sports

With a new head coach and a move to the ACC on the horizon in 2013, the Syracuse Orange are getting back to a little familiarity on their defense. Marquis Spruill has bounced around on the defense during his career but will return to his old role as middle linebacker for his senior season. Will he be able to lead the Orange in 2013?

Spruill is used to getting moved around during his time at Syracuse. He started out as a freshman at outside linebacker before moving inside for his sophomore season and then back to outside linebacker for his junior campaign.  Last season, he finished No. 4 on the team in tackles with 64 with nine tackles for loss and two sacks.

The senior will be asked to move around next season in first-year defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough‘s defense, but he has expressed his interest in staying in the middle. Being at middle linebacker allows Spruill to make plays from sideline to sideline rather than just one half of the field. That opportunity to make plays appeals to Spruill greatly.

The senior will be taking on a leadership role with the Orange next season, leading the team through their time of transition. He takes the reigns of the No. 48 ranked defense in 2012 as they try and compete in 2013 in the heightened competition of the ACC. Spruill will need to ratchet up the playmaking and disruption of opposing offenses as the most experienced member of the linebacker corps.

Will Spruill’s maturity and leadership be enough to lead Syracuse through their transition to a new conference with a new head coach and defense?

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