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Now the front seven will look to cap a strong season against the Gophers in Houston. And with Syracuse missing its two best defensive backs because of injury in No. 1 cornerback Keon Lyn and leading tackler and strong safety Durell Eskridge, the unit carries more weight than ever this season.
“We’ve got to make sure we stop the run,” Bromley said. “They’re one of the best running teams in the country. So we just have to buckle down on defense and our offense will get something rolling.”
Shafer said David Cobb and the Gophers running game present a challenge. But it’s a challenge that plays toward Syracuse’s strengths.
Whether or not the Orange offense does get something rolling, the front seven can be expected to give the Gophers offense trouble, as it did last year.
Last year, it wasn’t enough. This year, the Orange is out for revenge.
Said Spruill: “It gives us a little more to play for. We owe ’em one.”