Sweet to Have Lemon Back

Syracuse got Alec Lemon back against USC on Saturday, and his role should expand the more he gets acclimated into the new offense and game shape.

Senior wide receiver Alec Lemon came into this season as the leading receiver from the year before. He had the most receptions among all Orange wide receivers and tight ends with 68. Lemon also led in total yards receiving with 834. The closest teammate to Lemon's productivity was almost 300 yards behind at 537 receiving yards credited to former tight end Nick Provo.

The senior wideout's numbers represented the fact that no other player in the Syracuse receiving core had more experience with quarterback Ryan Nassib than Lemon.

Unfortunately for Lemon and Syracuse, the receiver, after successful shoulder surgery, was hampered by a hamstring injury that prevented him from playing against Northwestern.

He returned against USC in the second quarter of the game, sharing thoughts on getting back to the field. "It was great," said Lemon. "Missing last week, this is my home opener for my senior season, so it was exciting to get on the field."

Lemon was expected to help immediately, and he did. On Syracuse's first scoring drive, which came within the last minute of the first half, Lemon's 18-yard reception helped set up kicker Ross Krautman's 37-yard field goal to get the Orange on the board.

"They through me right in there while everything was rolling," Lemon remarked. "I felt comfortable. They all felt comfortable with me in the offense."

He finished the game with five receptions for 34 yards. Lemon's final catch was the 134th of his career, placing him at fourth all-time in Syracuse football history.

The majority of Lemon's career receptions have come from passes by Nassib, who is known to target his receivers again even when the previous play did not work out so well.

Lemon spoke on that trust. "It's just the relationship we have with each other off the field, that he'll come back to us and that he knows that we'll make that play," said Lemon. "Just not having confidence with us on the field, [but] having a great relationship with him off the field. [He] trusts us in everything we do."

As far as having him as a target in the next game, Lemon responded, "Yeah, I feel great right now. Ready for Stony Brook."

"Let's get the thing rolling again."

Syracuse plays Stony Brook on Saturday, September 15th, at 4p.m. Eastern at the Carrier Dome.

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