Which Syracuse Receiver Will Rise Up in the Fall?

The receiving corps for Orange football will look for leader this fall.

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It’s déjà vu all over again this summer as Syracuse looks for who will step up in the receiving game next season.

Last season, the popular pick was for Jarrod West to become a breakout star but had a disappointing year despite finishing with the 2nd most receiving yards. Consistency is the name of the game for the PA native. It is important to note that 147 out of West’s 397 receiving yards came in the matchup against Wagner. West only averaged 2.6 receptions per contest in the 10 games he played. He will return to the Orange for his senior season.

The two targets that jump out as the most likely to have big years are Ashton Broyld and Brisly Estime. We already talked a few weeks ago about how crucial Broyld will be in the passing game due to his ability to make plays with his athleticism. But Brisly Estime has more of the home run ability with his incredible speed, which can help Hunt develop his deeper throws into the middle of the field. Estime had limited minutes in his freshman season but showed flashes of potential when given an opportunity.

In Syracuse’s 2011 campaign, fans were calling for Ryan Nassib’s head after continued frustration that he only threw bubble screens and short passes to his tight ends. Nassib went into the 2012 season and located Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales as his targets that he could throw to down the field with the most success. Lemon ended up with over 1,000 receiving yards with Sales not too far behind him. Estime has the big play capability that both receivers had despite his smaller frame.

This does not mean that Estime will jump into the game and be a No. 1 receiver. He is still only going to be a sophomore and has other receivers besides Broyld such as Jarrod West, Jeremiah Kobena, Adrian Flemming and Quinta Funderburk competing for minutes. But due to the uncertainty of the position, production on the field could trump seniority. It would not be the first time Shafer has done that as head coach.

The spring game showed just how good Estime can be. He made a 64-yard catch in the middle of the field and showed how his speed can get him to the next level. He finished his 2013 season with 28 catches and over 250 yards in 8 games.

Another pressing matter the Orange needs to figure out before the start of the season is who will be Hunt’s tight end option. Beckett Wales disappeared in his final season, only amassing 10 receptions for 78 yards. Josh Parris and/or Kendall Moore will have to step up to help out Hunt with short catches to move to the chains. Parris had his best game of the year against Boston College, grabbing 7 catches for 47 yards and 2 TDs, including the game-winning score that sent the Orange to the Texas Bowl. Moore on the other hand is a more flexible option who can block and make an occasional catch in the end zone.

Shafer went through the same problem of seeing which receiver will rise to the occasion last year. For Terrel Hunt’s sake, he hopes to find a solution sooner rather than later.

Posted by: Zephan Mayell

18 Comments on this Post

  1. BK SU FB Fan

    I predict that Broyld emerges this year as the guy, has a good season and then goes into next season as a legit NFL prospect at wr. Would love to have an Art Monk, a Qadry or a Marvin come and work with this receiver group. I like Broyld’s physical tools. He is learning the position and is refining his game.

    I love the explosive capabilities of Brisly Estime. I actually want to see him in the slot with an emerging Funderburk/Flemming or a rejuvenated West opposite Broyld. You’d have some tall targets on the outside and speed with Estime and Kobena tearing up teams’ third corners. We are also forgetting some of the new blood coming in as well as Cornelius who may fight for some PT. I say let the new cats compete and win out if they merit it BUT if they don’t distance themselves redshirt em and save their eligibility.

    I don’t see big numbers for Parris but he can be a target in the redzone plus the backs can factor into the passing game. I haven’t really seen Hunt as the bombs away guy so we need these receivers to get the yac yards. Meanwhile, Hunt’s mobility and a sustained running game can allow the receivers to creep behind the D.

  2. orangeinva

    Which receiver will rise up??

    Hopefully about 3-4 of them. In twelve appearances last year Hunt threw for 1640 or around 136 yards/game. I think Clemson’s Boyd had that in the 1st quarter in the dome.

    Last year, NONE of our receivers caught 600 yards in passes. That has to change. With Coach Moore gone and Hunt a year more experienced, I believe it will.

    I believe you’ll see our receivers being more explosive off the line( almost D1 like-yippee) and you’ll see them blocking downfield under the tutelage of McDonald.

    I can see West, Fleming, Broyld, Estime, Cornelius all having 100 yard days and the passing game averaging 240 yds/game.

    Three receivers will get over 600 yards this season…and I could give a darn who they are- JUST DO IT!

  3. You guys have your vechicles stuck in reverse and maybe neutral. We need to change the culture here at Syracuse by telling the upper classmen if you don’t produce for us we have freshmen Corey Cooper,KJ Williams and Jamal Custis coming here in the fall and you all better take notice.

    Shafer and staff needs to stop playing with these guys that’s been here for 3/4 years. If the freshemn look good and I believe that they will,set the upper classmen until their attitudes change. What does Shafer have to lose,another loss?

  4. Terry

    I agree with RON on this one. Really none of the above mentioned, except Estime, have shown a damn thing. SU’s TE issue is glaring. Solid play there is a must!! Recruit a TE also!! Lets the youngsters show there stuff. After all the older guys haven’t shown much yet!!! I and many others been disappointed in Broyd, but at the same time look whose throwing to him too!! This WR core is the best SU has had in years!! HCSS let them run free in the pasture and see what happens!!


  5. BK SU FB Fan

    No, I say have the younger guys compete, but if they do not distance themselves from the upperclassmen and aren’t an upgrade don’t burn a year of possible productivity. I’m not saying upperclassmen automatically start. I’m calling for a meritocracy so if an upperclassmen outperforms the young guns the upperclassmen play. If the new blood can outshine the upperclassmen they play while the jr/sr sits.

  6. BK SU FB Fan

    Just wanted to make that clear. I want open competition at the spot and since the topic question was which guys you think will emerge, I gave my opinion. I am of the belief that Estime and Broyld are the best 2 options since I can actually see them with the ability to make yards after the catch. Beyond them I’m not sure who emerges but my hope is that one of the upperclassmen finally takes that step forward to produce. Flemming is snake bit but has good size and is a possible redzone threat. Its now or never for him. Q Funderburk has to finally live up to the 4 star SEC love he got. The hype that got us excited when he transferred(sound familiar). West looked good as a third guy when Sales and Lemon were our main guys and in the 13 spring game and proceeded to disappear last season aside from the JV hr game. So again, the upperclassmen have things to prove and validate just like the first yr guys.

    Me expecting or hoping that the upperclassmen emerge should not be seen as me writing off Corey or KJ. Estime came in and played last year. But to be honest, I can’t say whether they will stand out in their first semester of play or in practice. KJ is a 4star recruit that I have high hopes for long term, but then again Marcus Sales(til he finally got it right) and Lavar Lobdell were guys I pinned hopes on before. Estime EARNED has PT last year and showed a glimpse of what his ceiling can be. The new recruits will have to earn their way onto the field just like each underachieving upperclassman will. This is the deepest position on offense with an intriguing collection of body types, skills and strengths. We got big targets, we got downfield burners we got combination guys. We need atleast 3-4 step up and be legit. We need Hunt to be able to step up and become a better downfield passer. Hunt’s development&Wide receiver production is a relationship they cuts both ways.

    Now we do need more at the TE position. We have guys but one needs to produce with consistency…and the offense needs to involve that position more. We dont have the new age field stretching hyper athletic type of TE(we might have turned him into a DE last yr lol). But we have what I think should be a solid redzone guy in Parris. Jamal is a BIG guy I could see him play some at TE, but I want to see him stay at wr and offer that tough cover for opposing dbs whenever he takes the field.

  7. @Terry;

    You and I have been on the same page as far as the freshmen getting playing time.

    I really can’t imagine not playing guys like KJ Williams and Jamal Custis. I also believe in true competition for a starting spot no matter the position. After watching the tape on 6’6″ Jamal Custis,I don’t see anyone stopping him on the field. The kid jump’s to the moon when he slam dunks a basketball.

    With all that’s been said here about the reveiver’s I believe that things are not going to change with Terrel Hunt as QB. The short swing/dump passes are not going to do it gentlemen. The team needs someone that can take it the lenght of the field and score. As time goes by it looks more and more like Terrel will be given the starting position. If that happens guy’s you better buckle yourself in your seats for one hell of a roller coaster ride.

  8. Terry

    Can a red shirt year be counted towards an early leave?? I just don’t know?? If so play them. But this tem needs speed badly. Some of you forgot Estime got caught from behind in that Minnesota game. It think you play the bigger players, because of HUNT is not there on his touch yet. Sprinkle the new guys in. I would say that HCSS and staff told most of the incoming Freshmen there is playing time. Playing FR now will get better FR in the future!! Fleming is a bust!! He still has eligibility??? I thought he graduated by now!! HUH must be the Coconut Rum and Cranberry juice. Golfed today!! Hot and dry!!

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