The Syracuse Orange are losing both of their go-to wide receivers but, they do have depth at that position with Jarrod West still on the roster. Both Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales had excellent senior years for the program in 2012, however, they are not eligible to return for a fifth CFB season.
Lemon led the team in receptions with 72 and yards as he was the only wide receiver to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark and reached 1,070 yards in total. With Lemon averaging 14.9 yards a catch and hauling in seven touchdowns in 2012, he was able to provide a security blanket that every college quarterback needs.
To make matters worse, Sales, who burst on the scene with 882 yards and eight touchdowns, will not be wearing the orange in 2012. This program enjoyed some success last season with an 8-5 record overall and five crucial Big East victories, but they will need to replenish with new and improved talent in 2012.
West is the player that I would keep my eye on to make up for the seniors leaving as he showed the utmost promise last season. In his Junior season, West hauled in just two touchdowns, but he was third on the team behind only Lemon and Sales in both receptions and yards with 43 and 588 respectively. Now, West doesn’t have the experience that the prior wideouts have, however, he now has a chance to make a big splash.
Opportunity is knocking at West’s door and if he wants to have a breakout year in 2013, he definitely has a superb chance.