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Marrone also said he was happy with quarterback Ryan Nassib’s progress as he prepares to take over as the starter.

“As a coaching staff, we’re comfortable where he is,” Marrone said. “He’s working to get better. We need him to get better.”

Nassib said the nagging injuries that have kept so many players on the sidelines is something he’s grown accustomed to because it comes with the violent nature of the sport.

“Injuries are part of the game,” Nassib said. “It gave them (other players) a chance to step up and show what they can do. They get a lot more reps. It’s kind of how the game works. Someone goes down, somebody’s got to be ready to take their place.”

The Orange open the season at Akron on Sept. 4.