Sep 1, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Jeremiah Kobena (25) returns a kick off during the third quarter against the Northwestern Wildcats at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE
Every week the Syracuse Orange seem to have a different set of wide receivers available to insert into their offense. It's not anyone's fault, of course, except for TDUBI (The Dreaded Upper Body Injury) and TDLBI (The Dreaded Lower Body Injury). This week we can count on Jeremiah Kobena being out which means that guys like Steve Rene will continue to have a chance to step up (2 da streetz) and make an impact, not just here but on kick returns as well (via Syracuse.com):
Rene, a running back who returned punts for SU last season, is also likely to be running back kickoffs as well for the Orange (0-2).
SU head coach Doug Marrone said this morning that Rene will probably handle the job – which opened up when sophomore receiver Jeremiah Kobena went out this week with an upper body injury. Kobena, who was injured against USC on Saturday, had returned nine kickoffs for the team in two games.
Rene has caught two punts so far this season for, uh, negative six yards. So, let's improve on that...
(Random question...when was the last time a Syracuse punt or kick returner ran a kick back for a TD? I actually don't know, counting on you...)
Meanwhile, Sir Alec Lemon came back last week and made a slight impact (5 catches, 39 yards). He should be back closer to full strength this week and ready to break some school records. That should have OC Nate Hackett estatic right? WRONG (via Syracuse.com):
"Funny enough, the way that we do this (up-tempo no-huddle) I don’t care who’s out there. We’re going to get the plays that we want run. Marcus Sales has done a great job in the slot. It’s great to have Alec back. That just gives you another security blanket. In the past we used to say, ‘This guy has to be here. That guy has to be there. We have to get this person in for that thing.’ And that worked, but it wasn’t as successful as we wanted it to be.
...We’re lucky because we have three guys who are legitimate slot players (Lemon, Sales and West). The slot package is exciting. You can do it with a lot of different guys."
Well alrighty then!