Who will transform tomorrow?

September, 14, 2012
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Compared with its other games on a daunting 2012 schedule, Syracuse's matchup with FCS Stony Brook on Saturday is hardly a must-see event. But it could be a little extra special for one potentially history-making player.

Alec Lemon is six catches away from becoming the Orange's all-time leader in receptions.

Lemon caught five passes for 34 yards last week against USC after missing the opener against Northwestern with a lower-body injury. He is now fourth on the school's all-time receptions list. His 134 career catches and 1,560 career receiving yards make him the active Big East leader in both categories. And his 68-catch season of a year ago set a new Orange record.

The preseason Biletnikoff Award watch list player will benefit, obviously, from playing an opponent a few notches below those the one Syracuse has faced through two weeks. The 0-2 Orange have gotten a huge lift from senior signal-caller Ryan Nassib, who has little to show for two great passing performances.

Expect another one against the Seawolves, as the Orange will look to air it out and put this one away early. And expect Lemon to benefit most from that. The last time he faced an FCS team, he hauled in a career-high 10 grabs.

Lemon probably won't be on the field long enough to duplicate that performance, but this one will be a little more special as he takes the baton from the Orange's receivers coach.

Matt Fortuna | email

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