Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse football opens spring practice Tuesday, earlier than any school in the ACC.
Changes were imminent with new coach Dino Babers running the show, and some of those moves became known Friday when the 2016 Syracuse football roster was updated.
Tight end Trey Dunkelberger and freshman Kenneth Ruff will start practicing at defensive end next week.
But the roster also includes a few more position moves and other notables.
Wide receiver Ben Lewis and offensive lineman Alex Hayes are no longer part of the program.
Dontae Strickland, Tyrone Perkins listed at running back/wide receiver
Both players were originally listed as tight ends, but the roster has now been updated to list them as a running back or wide receiver.
Strickland, 5-foot-11, 194 pounds, was a hybrid back last year who was utilized in the screen game and on special teams at times.
Perkins, 6-feet, 208 pounds, was mostly used on special teams a year ago.
As previously mentioned, Ruff, a 6-foot-1, 250-pound linebacker recruit will start practicing at defensive end. He will wear No. 45.
Two other scholarship true freshman will participate in spring drills.
Quarterback Rex Culpepper will wear No. 15.
And athlete Moe Neal will start practicing at wide receiver. He will wear No. 21.
Walk-on quarterback Tyler Gilfus will wear No. 19.
Syracuse also added walk-on kicker Alex Grossman to the spring roster. He will wear No. 38.
Offensive linemen returning as redshirt seniors
Offensive linemen Seamus Shanley and Michael Lasker, who both were primarily reserves last year, are returning to the program for their redshirt senior seasons.
Shanley is a walk-on from West Genesee High School who earned a starting position on the line entering last season. He figures to be in the mix for a starting position this year with guards Rob Trudo and Nick Robinson both gone to graduation.
Lasker, a junior-college transfer, played in 2013 and 2014 as a reserve and took a redshirt last year.
Ervin Philips’ role
The junior is one of the offense’s most productive players. He started his career as a running back and was moved to the hybrid position last season, when he caught 29 passes for 286 yards and gained another 234 yards on the ground.
Philips is listed as a running back and wide receiver heading into spring ball.