A key to the Syracuse defense in 2012 will be the productivity of key transfers along the defensive line.
One of those transfers, Defensive Tackle Davon Walls, has finally taken the field for the Orange and shared that simply, "It's just great to be out there."
In practice at Fort Drum, Defensive Line Coach, Tim Daoust, has not been afraid to be vocal with Walls in an attempt to prepare him for in-game situations. Walls, as a newcomer, in general, is no stranger to attention. "Coach (Doug) Marrone, my position Coach, [Defensive Line] Coach (Tim) Daoust, [Defensive Coordinator] Coach (Scott) Shafer [are] talking to me every day, telling me they need me to get better and stronger, the team needs me, and I need the team," said Walls.
But, Walls understands that one player alone is not going to make this defensive line productive. How well the front line of the defense does will be based on a communal effort, something that Walls stresses. "Once we come as a fist instead of a finger, as my grandmother would say, you could strike a major blow."
The defense will have its first opportunity to strike a major blow when they take on their counterparts in the team scrimmage this Saturday, which will culminate their time at Fort Drum.