Earlier today, SU Athletics announced senior cornerback Keon Lyn will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a lower-body injury that will require surgery. Lyn started all five games this year, but had just 16 tackles and no interceptions. The Orange had trouble containing opposing receivers and losing its top corner will not help the matter the rest of the season. As a senior, it is likely Keon Lyn has played his last game in a Syracuse uniform, unless he can receive a waiver for another year of eligibility.
It is not completely clear who will take Lyn’s spot in the secondary in the short term. Brandon Reddish missed the game against Clemson with an injury and Julian Wigham took his spot. In the game, Wigham intercepted Tajh Boyd for the first interception Boyd threw this year. Either Reddish or Wigham will start for the Orange in Lyn’s spot, but it will likely come down to whether Reddish is healthy enough to play next weekend against NC State.
Either way, it is a big loss for the Orange. Although the secondary hadn’t been playing particularly well, Lyn brought some senior leadership to the team. The loss of Lyn means there will be more pressure on the linebackers and defensive line to get pressure on the opposing QB and keep the defensive backs from having to hold coverage for a long time. Lyn will be missed in the Orange secondary, but Reddish and Wigham need to step up if the team has bowl aspirations.
Posted by: Seth Goldberg