When Alec Lemon entered this his final season with the Syracuse Orange football program, he entered as the receiver with the most on-the-field experience from last season with Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib.
Lemon was on the receiving end of 68 passes, linking him to Nassib, a player on the way to breaking every passing record at Syracuse, while setting history himself, recording the most receptions in a single season.
Despite a later-than-wanted start to the season, Lemon and Nassib continue to connect and move the ball downfield for the Orange.
"We can go out there, pick up where we left off," said Lemon. "Nassib's telling me a lot of stuff he sees. I tell him a lot of stuff I see."
Going into Syracuse's match-up tonight with the Golden Gophers of Minnesota, Lemon will look to make Syracuse University get the eraser out once again as he is a mere four receptions away from having the most for a career in Orange history.
If Lemon does set the new record for career receptions against Minnesota, he will do it with one of the receivers he passed right there with him with Rob Moore on the sideline in his post as Syracuse wide receivers' coach.
"It's incredible. He probably won't mention it to me, during the game 'cause we probably won't even think about it ‘cause we're all in the hype of the game, but it'll be something special to pass him," Lemon expressed. "I love Coach [Rob] Moore to death. It'll be funny when I pass him. I'll give him a little stuff about it, but he'll be happy for me and hopefully I break it."
Moore provided his take on the possibility of Lemon setting a higher bar for Orange receivers to work to attain.
"I'd be disappointed if he wasn't at the top," said Moore. "Listen, Alec has worked extremely hard. He's a very talented young man. He's taken advantage of the opportunities that he's gotten and he's really matured over the years. He's had to fight through some adversity, all the things that develop you and mature you as a player and as a person, he's done all those things. I couldn't be happier for him and I look forward to the day he does break it."
That day could be as soon as today, as Lemon prepares to face Minnesota's secondary, an unit that he shared his thoughts about before the game.
"There's a couple of corners that like to be physical at the line," We've gotta be ready for that," shared Lemon. "They have a certain way they like to play, whether it's inside or outside. We've gotta be ready for ‘em to go inside and out, so we just gotta be able to adjust on the fly."
With or without the record, onlookers are watching a leader on the field for the Orange. "When I'm out there, I feel like I can help the offense a lot and help the other players out, tell them what to do," said Lemon.
He will take the field, along with his fellow receivers, against Minnesota for Syracuse's fourth contest of the season, and could leave knowing that his productivity has left him forever written into the memories of the university that gave him an opportunity, and the coach who has helped to see him through.