While the Syracuse offense struggled to put points up again on Saturday, one of the few bright spots was the performance of senior wide receiver Jarrod West. When the offense was clicking, it was West who was getting open and making plays down the field.
West finished with seven catches for 161-yards, a robust average of 23-yards per reception. Not too shabby for a receiver who has been largely characterized as a possession-type and not a big play threat.
West was fantastic on Saturday, and could have had an even bigger day. He got behind the defense a couple more times, one went off of his fingertips and the other was overthrown.
The Wolfpack corners had no answers for West’s frame, physicality at the line and superb route running. North Carolina State tried to jam him multiple times, and he was able to beat the press coverage with ease. He even showed some unexpected speed on a quick pass where he made a man miss and turned on the jets for a 35-yard gain. He nearly took it the house but was tripped up in the open field from behind on a shoestring tackle.
It was West’s third 100-yard receiving day of his career, and the 161-yards were a career high. With the performance, West moved up to eighth on Syracuse’s all-time receiving yards list. A somewhat surprising stat for West’s career.
He passed Syracuse greats Art Monk, Quinton Spotwood and Rob Carpenter on the all-time list during the game. West’s 161-yards accounted for nearly half of Syracuse’s yards from scrimmage.