Receiving an Opportunity

Alvin Cornelius should have a bigger role in the game plan this week with injuries forcing two of Syracuse's top receivers out against Pittsburgh.

Alvin Cornelius has not seen significant action for Syracuse this year. That should change this weekend when the Orange face Pittsburgh inside the Carrier Dome.

Jarrod West, Brisly Estime and Ben Lewis are all out with injuries, leaving a major opportunity for the redshirt freshman.

Cornelius seems to have the raw skills to be successful with good size and capable hands. Head coach Scott Shafer praised the receiver as a hard working player who is a strong blocker.

This week is an opportunity for Cornelius to showcase himself in a game situation to prove Shafer's praise an accurate representation of the 6-foot-2 wideout. With a crop of talented young receivers coming in next season, as well as freshman currently redshirting, this may be his last shot at making a contribution on the field.

The Syracuse passing game has lacked a consistent playmaker all season. It is unclear how long Estime and West will be out, and Kobena has fallen behind the others.

That leaves Ashton Broyld, who will play the slot with Estime out, and Chris Clark as the other two receivers that will see significant action. Cornelius will see a lot of snaps this Saturday with a chance that seemed unlikely earlier this season.

Now it is up to Cornelius to take advantage of the opportunity.

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