Depth Chart Breakdown: Wide Receiver

Syracuse still does not have a clear-cut starter at quarterback for the upcoming season, but the receivers are working to be ready no matter who will be taking snaps. More inside.

Heading into the upcoming football season, the Syracuse Orange are moving forward without their top two receivers with Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales finishing their eligibility.

Lemon ended the 2012 campaign as only the third player in Syracuse history to attain the 1,000-yard mark, while Sales gained at least 100 yards in each of the first three games.

Behind both Lemon and Sales last season was Jarrod West.

With the departure of Lemon and Sales, West entered the Spring with the opportunity to become one of the offense's premier receivers. He responded with an impressive performance in the Spring game, getting the offense into the end zone and demonstrating his ability to catch the long ball. On one of the plays, West got in front of his defender in single coverage, turned around to catch the ball, turned back around while keeping his feet inbounds despite being close to the sideline, and outran his defender into the end zone.

West's placement on the post-Spring depth chart is at the 'X' position, which refers to the wide receiver that lines up farthest from the offensive line at the line of scrimmage. This position utilizes the deep route, thus leaving the expectation on West to show speed and an ability to separate himself from single coverage, as he did in the Spring game.

Jeremiah Kobena is the second option at the 'X' option behind West. With Kobena's speed it makes sense to place him here in an effort to give Syracuse's quarterback the deep option who can outrun his opponent.

Behind Kobena lie Ben Lewis, Macauley Hill, and Quinta Funderburk, respectively. Lewis had good hands in practice, having a better grip on the ball than some veterans.

Hill got himself into the end zone, demonstrating his ability to catch the ball over the middle and continue forward with a defender grabbing onto him.

Funderburk has remained relatively quiet in practices, leaving him as the last option at the 'X' position heading into the Fall.

On the opposite side of the Orange offensive line lies the 'Z' position at receiver. Leading this position on the post-Spring depth chart is Adrian Flemming. Flemming, who has consistently shown good hands, has finally risen to a place of prominence at the receiver position.

Before getting injured during Fall practice last year, Flemming kept his hands on more passes than any other receiver during their workouts close to the season.

At the 'Z' position, Flemming may be asked to go out for a deep route or cross over the middle. With his hands, Flemming fits this placement well because of the array of places he may be asked to go and the need to be able to catch the ball in traffic that comes from that.

Christopher Clark has been placed behind Flemming after the Spring practices. Clark got some experience on the field for Syracuse last season after transferring in from junior college. His speed is his biggest asset and he is working on getting stronger as well as his leadership, stating his willingness to go across the middle or wherever needed to make an impact in his final season with the Orange.

Alvin Cornelius and Franklin Santos reside behind Flemming and Clark, respectively. Cornelius struggled at times during Spring practice, but also facilitated big plays, such as his outstretched catch, reeling in the ball with both hands while watching it from overhead and then beating the secondary with his feet on the way to the end zone.

Santos has yet to be a factor in the passing game. If Flemming stays healthy and Clark continues to improve, along with Cornelius showing positive signs, his time on the field most likely will not change in the upcoming season.

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