Position Preview: Wide Receiver

CuseNation.com previews the wide receiver position entering the 2014 season.

Depth Chart

Starters: Jarrod West, Adrian Flemming, Brisly Estime
Reserves: Ashton Broyld, Steve Ishmael, Quinta Funderburk, Sean Avant, Ben Lewis, Alvin Cornelius, Jeremiah Kobena, Adly Enoicy

2013 Statistics

Broyld: 52 catches, 452-yards
West: 26 catches, 397-yards, 1 touchdown
Estime: 28 catches, 257-yards, 1 touchdown
Kobena: 16 catches, 206-yards
Cornelius: 9 catches, 134-yards, 1 touchdown
Funderburk: 3 catches, 50-yards
Flemming: 2 catches, 18-yards
Lewis: 1 catch, 7-yards

What We Know

The wide receivers underachieved last season. This year, some familiar names will be involved. Jarrod West looked solid this fall. He’s a tall, long receiver with solid hands but lacks elite speed to be a big threat down the field. Adrian Flemming is healthy after an injury derailed his season last year. He will look to make an impact on the outside.

Ashton Broyld has been an enigma throughout his early career. He started the fall on the outside but moved back inside late in training camp to provide more depth at the h-back spot. He is big and strong but must take the next step in his development.

Brisly Estime is the best playmaker of the returning players. He has elite speed and is dangerous in space. If he continues to develop and stays healthy, a breakout season could be on the horizon.

There is plenty of depth behind the key players. Freshman Steve Ishmael has had a very strong camp. Quinta Funderburk, Sean Avant, Ben Lewis and Alvin Cornelius provide more options. Avant has been called by the best route runner on the team by quarterback Terrel Hunt. Cornelius stepped up towards the end of last season. Funderburk is a former four-star prospect with SEC type raw talent.

The main group of West, Flemming, Broyld, Estime and Ishmael will see the majority of the playing time, but expect a rotation to take advantage of the depth at the position.

Biggest Question

Who will emerge as the big play threat? Syracuse lacked the ability to stretch the field last season. With Estime continuing to develop, Flemming healthy and Ishmael emerging, there are options to help give the Orange another dimension offensively.

Head coach Scott Shafer has indicated the team wants to look down the field more often in 2014. Flemming and Ishmael may be the best options to provide that type of threat. Regardless of who it is, Syracuse needs to find a deep threat in order to become a more dynamic offense.

Season Outlook

Syracuse has solid returning veterans, young contributor with experience and freshmen upstarts with a lot of upside. The most talented players at the position may be the youngest, but this group has the potential to have a bigger impact in 2014 than they did in the prior season.

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