Syracuse receiver Alec Lemon looking for big season


Syracuse got some good news on Tuesday at Big East Media Day after Orange receiver Alec Lemon said he would be participating in preseason training camp and was on pace to start the regular season. Lemon missed spring practice after having off-season shoulder surgery.

Lemon: I’m 100 percent

“Coming off surgery, I feel great,” Lemon said to The Juice Online’s Brad Bierman. “My arm feels 100 percent.”

The Orange will certainly be calling Lemon’s number plenty of times season season. He is one 49 players to be named to the 2012 Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list after setting a Syracuse single-season reception record in 2011 with 68 catches.

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He was also named to the All Big East Second Team last season and is fifth in SU history with 129 receptions and ninth with 11 touchdowns.

“I’m trying to build off last year,” Lemon said. “Really just getting on the same page as (quarterback) Ryan (Nassib). You know, missing all spring, it was hard sitting out and seeing everyone play without me.”

Still, the news wasn’t all good for the Orange, as the team announced wide receiver Kyle Foster would miss the entire season after suffering a lower body injury.

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But the Orange still has plenty of depth, including the return of receiver Marcus Sales, who missed the entire 2011 season.

“I feel like we have a lot of experience,” Lemon said. “A lot of people say that people haven’t been on the field, but I feel like them having been there in the system, playing all of the positions, they have a lot of experience. Having Marcus (Sales) adds another weapon to our arsenal.”

Add all of those things together, and the Orange are ready for something special.

“A big year,” Lemon said. “This whole offensive is powerful. We’ve got a lot of weapons around.”

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