Syracuse wideout Ed Hendrix announced his decision to enter the transfer portal yesterday, and the decision leaves SU’s wide receiver room thinner than ever. The Orange already lost Nykeim Johnson back in January via transfer to Kent State, meaning Syracuse now returns just two players with notable starting experience at wideout. Hendrix’s departure now means there’s even less depth behind them.
Hendrix played a reserve role in Syracuse’s 2020 offense. The Washington D.C. product caught just three passes for 24 yards. All three receptions were against Clemson on October 24th.
Hendrix’s decision to transfer is a tough end to an SU career marred by injuries. Hendrix was originally a touted 3-star prospect in the class of ‘18, but was unable to play in the Fall of 2018 due to a knee injury during preseason camp.
The troubles continued in 2019 when Hendrix injured his leg in spring practice that cost him the entire season again.
Syracuse’s two returning starters at the position are junior Taj Harris (58 rec, 733 yards, 5 TD in 2020) and redshirt-sophomore Anthony Queely (37 rec, 378 yards, 2 TD). Beyond those two, there’s a lot of question marks among names like Courtney Jackson (10 rec, 69 yards in 11 games), Damien Alford (1 rec, 3 yards), and other newcomers.
The loss of Hendrix is another entry in a bad trend of transfers. After a year of injuries and roster challenges, Syracuse needs all the experience and depth it can get in 2021, and less depth at a skill position isn’t what you want to see.