Bailey Blossoming in Year Three

The Syracuse secondary has dealt with several top-notch wide revivers this season, and Friday's tilt with West Virginia will be no different. caught up with the team's leading threat on the outside, Stedman Bailey.

West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey had just 24 catches for 317 yards last season, but he's nearly doubled his production across the board through just six games in 2011.

Bailey heads into Friday's game against Syracuse on the heels of four straight 100-yard performances, setting a school record. He's developed quite the rapport with quarterback Geno Smith, his high school teammate at Miramar (FL). Come Friday, he will get the chance to go against a former teammate – SU starting cornerback Keon Lyn.

"I respect have respect for everybody we play against," Bailey said. "(But) Keon is out for some hard work (Friday)."

Coaching Change Proves Big

The redshirt sophomore attributes his growth as a college athlete to his confidence, and it has shown. Another factor, according to Bailey, was the team's coaching change from Bill Stewart to Dana Holgorsen.

"The whole transition did a lot of good things out here," he said. "Last year, we had to be all uptight. (This season) There's a freedom; we are treated as adults."

The mentality is shared by the entire receiving corps, which features three players who average at least 75 yards per game. But like his coach said during the week, Bailey knows the offense can get better.

"On the field, the opportunity to make plays is great." Bailey said. "The sky is the limit with this offense right now."

The Orange defense allows nearly 300 yards passing per game, but after ‘Cuse left Morgantown with an upset win in 2010, nobody on the Mountaineer roster is expecting an easy revenge win.

"From what I've seen on film, they have a pretty good group of DBs," Bailey added. "They play aggressive, so we won't take them lightly."

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