Syracuse begins preseason practice; Marrone upbeat

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — One day of preseason practice is in the books for the Syracuse Orange, and afterward Doug Marrone was no different than any other coach at this juncture.

“I feel right now that we’ve got a long way to go,” he said Monday night. “We’re not where we want to be right now.”

The practice, scheduled for two hours, lasted 17 minutes longer than it was supposed to, and Marrone said that’s a good indication of how much work has to be done for the Orange to become a good football team.

Marrone worked exclusively with the tight ends for the first portion of the practice, which was held outside on the fields adjacent to Manley Field House.

Syracuse went 5-7 last year, 1-6 in the Big East.