Thursday, September 16, 2010

Injury bug bites Syracuse WR


Well, its happened. The first major injury of the regular season has occured and is to starting wide receiver Aaron Weaver, the hofstra transfer. The 6'2" 220 pound receiver tore his ACL in practice tuesday. It was a non-contact drill and the team was practicing in shorts and shoulderpads/helmets when the injury occured. He is out for the remainder of the season.

Weaver proved himself to be a trusted receiver for quarterback Ryan Nassib, hauling in six catches in two games for 88 yards and a touchdown. He had the second most receiving yards on the team and was third in receptions. He will be remembered forever in syracuse football lore for scoring the first touchdown of the season in 2010.

His frame and speed will be missed on offense. A unit already struggling to find its identity. Syracuse still has Alec Lemon and Van Chew who have been decent targets for Ryan Nassib, but they now need someone to step up and fill the void left by the loss of Weaver.

Marcus Sales, junior wide receiver from nearby CBA (6' 177lbs) is one option, although last season he showed he was better at dropping passes than actually catching them. Walk-on Cody Morgan is one possible replacement (an even smaller player at 5'8" 166lbs) if Sales isn't up to the challenge, as is Dorian Graham (5'11" 185lbs out of ft. lauderdale). It is very obvious that Aaron Weaver's size will be very difficult to replace.

This week Syracuse will open up their home portion of the schedule with a game versus Maine at 7pm. The game will be televised live on SNY. This will be a good opportunity to try out some different looks on offense as the Orangemen try to move on without Aaron Weaver.

photo courtesy of espn.com

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