Syracuse vs. USC: David Stevens Likely, Alec Lemon Questionable For Saturday

Sep 1, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) scrambles out of the pocket during the first quarter against the Northwestern Wildcats at the Carrier Dome. Northwestern defeated Syracuse 42-41. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

When the Syracuse Orange take on the USC Trojans this Saturday at MetLife Stadium, they're going to need all the help they can get. So the news on their current injured players is reassuring (via Nolan Weidner).

First up, good news. Tight end Davis Stevens should be back on the field...

"We feel very good about David Stevens," Marrone said of the 6-foot-3, 228-pound redshirt senior who became one of quarterback Ryan Nassib’s top targets in preseason camp. "He was available if we needed him on Saturday. Having him not play was beneficial. So we feel very comfortable going into this game that he’ll be able to play."

Next up, so-so news. It sounds like Sir Alec Lemon will once again be a late-week decision (which doesn't bode well if you ask me)...

"I really don’t know. I think it’s day to day," he said. "A lot of it is going to depend on the workout today (Monday) and then during the week. Last week, when we worked him out during the week we just didn’t feel very comfortable putting him back in that situation."

Finally, bad news. Adrian Flemming will probably not play.

"I probably would say I’m leaning more towards (Flemming) not being ready to play. I don’t think we’ll have him for this week," Marrone said. "The best status I see Flemming having is being able to go in if we need him to."

In the grand scheme of things, Flemming's status isn't nearly as important as the other two (all due respect, Adrian). So if we can get Stevens and Lemon back in the lineup, that's a huge plus.

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