The Syracuse Orange have plenty of questions to answer this summer before they enter their first season in the ACC. While there are questions all over the field on both sides of the ball, one area that the Orange should feel confident in is their offensive line. The trenches will be where Syracuse is strongest in 2013, thanks in no small part to the excellence of their center Macky MacPherson.
MacPherson returns for his senior year as the glue that will hold the Cuse line together through their inaugural run through a new conference. He is an intelligent football player with a football pedigree (his grandfather Dick is a former coach) and has shown leadership that will be vital to the success of the group. At 6-foot-2, 280 pounds, he is a little undersized to be a true mauler, but he more than makes up for that by understanding how to block using angles and footwork.
He’ll be pivotal in how successful Syracuse can be in 2013. The offensive line is experienced and deep, but need MacPherson’s leadership as they enter uncharted waters of the ACC conference schedule. That depth and experience, along with a talented stable of running backs, should create opportunity for the Orange to put together one of the stronger running games in their new conference. They will run only as far, however, as MacPherson leads them.
While it often goes overlooked, the leader of the offensive line plays a pivotal role in the success of the entire offense. Syracuse is fortunate to have a good one with MacPherson at center, but how far can he take them in 2013?