12/29/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Alec Lemon set a Syracuse record with 70 receptions in 2012, breaking his own record set a year ago. In back-to-back games against Louisville and Missouri in November, he totaled 420 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He's ranked in the top 20 in the country with 96.64 receiving yards per game. - The Sports Xchange
12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Alec Lemon (Unanimous), Syracuse, Sr., Crofton, Md./Arundel, has been selected First Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. An All-BIG EAST Second Team selection last year, Lemon was the only offensive player unanimously named to the 2012 first team. He leads the conference in receptions per game (6.4) and receiving yards per game (96.6).
Lemon has a school-record 70 receptions for 1,063 yards and seven touchdowns this season, including five 100-yard receiving games. Against Missouri on Nov. 17, Lemon caught 12 passes for a career-high 244 yards and two TDs to lead the Orange to a come-from-behind win against the Tigers. - Syracuse football
11/22/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: 3. WR Alec Lemon, 6-2, 205, Syracuse: Why he has the third spot: Over the last five games, Lemon has put up the top numbers of any receiver in the conference and one of the best in the nation. After a spectacular effort in the win over the Tigers, Lemon has a two-game total of 21 catches for 420 yards and four TDs. The Orange senior wide receiver has four 100-yard games in his last five contests. With Syracuse trailing 27-24 in the final minute, Lemon kept the rally alive with a crucial fourth-down catch despite being held by a Tigers' defender. He followed it up with a 17-yard touchdown on the ensuing play. Lemon looked unstoppable across the middle when lined up in the slot. On the next level, he could be a valuable addition for a team looking for a No. 3 receiver.
Season stats (nine games): 65 catches, 989 yards, 7 TDs. Player ranking: Lemon is ranked No. 281 overall and No. 34 among WRs in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Early season injuries to Lemon may have caused the relatively low projection, but he should move up the charts before April. Up next: Lemon looks to produce his fourth straight 100-yard game when the Orange close the regular season on Friday at Temple. The Owls have allowed more than 38 points per game in their last five contests. Friday, 11 a.m. ET (ESPN2). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
11/19/2012 - WEEK 12 BIG EAST HONOR ROLL: Alec Lemon, Sr., WR, Syracuse, Crofton, Md.,...Had 12 receptions for a career-high 244 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-27 win at Missouri. Had four catches for 81 yards, accounting for all of the yardage on the game-winning drive. - BIG EAST football
11/17/2012 - Ryan Nassib threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Alec Lemon with 20 seconds to go, capping a 21-point fourth quarter as Syracuse spoiled Missouri's home finale with a 31-27 victory on Saturday night. Lemon had 12 receptions for 244 yards and two scores, including a 13-yard catch that tied it at 17 earlier in the fourth. After trailing 17-3 early, the Orangemen (6-5) followed up on a 45-26 upset of previously unbeaten Louisville a week earlier and became bowl eligible for the second time in three seasons. Andrew Baggett's 46-yard field goal with 1:52 to play had put Missouri, minus injured quarterback James Franklin, up by three.
Kendial Lawrence had 119 yards on 27 carries with a fourth-quarter touchdown for the Tigers (5-6), who need a victory at No. 9 Texas A&M next week to become bowl eligible for the eighth straight season. Backup quarterback Corbin Berkstresser led Missouri to 10 points in the fourth quarter after replacing Franklin, described as ''woozy'' by the team's radio broadcast after getting hit the previous drive. Nassib was 26 for 40 for 385 yards and two touchdowns, setting a school career record for yards passing. He had entered the game only 6 yards shy of the mark of 8,466 yards set by Marvin Graves from 1990-93. - AP Sports
11/14/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: 3. WR Alec Lemon, 6-2, 205, Syracuse: Why he has the third spot: After battling nagging injuries early in the season, a fully healthy Lemon has had three 100-yard games in his last four contests. On Monday, Lemon earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors after his nine-catch, 176-yard, two-touchdown performance vs. Louisville. Lemon gained separation on a corner route on a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter and defeated double coverage on a 37-yard touchdown minutes later. Lemon has confounded defenses with his ability to run crisp routes out of the slot. He may be an ideal addition for a team in search of a complementary No. 3 receiver. Season stats (nine games): 53 catches, 745 yards, 5 TDs. Player ranking: Lemon is ranked No. 374 overall and No. 44 among WRs in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Lemon's injuries may have caused the relatively low projection, but he should move up the charts before April. Up next: Lemon hopes to produce his third straight 100-yard game when the Orange face Missouri on Saturday. The Tigers allowed 432 passing yards in last week's win over Tennessee. Saturday, 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPNU). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
11/12/2012 - WEEK 11 BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Alec Lemon, Sr., WR, Syracuse, Crofton, Md.,...Lemon was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he had nine receptions for 176 yards and two touchdowns to key Syracuse's 45-26 win against No. 11/10 Louisville, handing the Cardinals their first loss of the season. His two touchdowns came as part of a 21-0 Syracuse run in the second quarter, including a 13-yard catch that gave the Orange the lead for good at 17-10. Lemon holds Syracuse's career receptions record (184) and he leads all active BIG EAST players in career receptions and touchdown receptions (16). - BIG EAST football
11/10/2012 - Syracuse is leaving the Big East with a BIG smile on its face. Playing in its final home Big East game before leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Orange built a 31-10 lead in the second quarter and rolled to a 45-26 rout of No. 9 Louisville Saturday before 40,312 fans on Homecoming and Senior Day at the Carrier Dome. It was Syracuse's first win over a top-10 team since the Orange defeated No. 8 Virginia Tech 50-42 in triple overtime on Nov. 9, 2002, at the Carrier Dome. The loss spoiled Louisville's perfect season and prevented the Cardinals (9-1, 4-1 Big East) from starting 10-0 for the first time in school history. Louisville can still win the Big East Conference title and earn a trip to a BCS bowl game if it defeats Connecticut (1-4) and No. 23 Rutgers (4-0) in its final two Big East games. Syracuse (5-5, 4-2) needs to win one its final two games -- at Missouri and at Big East foe Temple -- to qualify for its second bowl game in three years under fourth-year coach Doug Marrone. The Orange scored on its first three possessions of the second quarter to turn a 10-10 tie into a 31-10 laugher. Quarterback Ryan Nassib and wide receiver Alec Lemon, two of the 15 Orange seniors playing in their final home game, teamed up for the first two touchdowns on 13- and 37-yard passes. - The Sports Xchange
10/23/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 8: Keep an eye on: WR Alec Lemon, 6-2, 205, Syracuse: Why you should watch him? Lemon broke out in a big way last Friday night with eight catches for 166 yards and a touchdown. A nagging injury early in the season prevented Lemon from gaining separation deep downfield. Before last week's win over the Huskies, Lemon had four games this season with 50 receiving yards or less. It also might have caused him to drop in prospect rankings. Lemon is regarded for running routes as crisply as any receiver in the league. He is also a matchup nightmare for nickel backs in the slot. It's one reason why Lemon had six games with at least seven receptions and four with at least 94 receiving yards in 2011. Lemon can also be used on gimmick plays. Season stats (six games): 32 catches, 428 receiving yards, 1 TD. Player ranking: Lemon is ranked No. 653 overall and 84th among WRs in CBSSports.com latest player rankings. Up next: at South Florida, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN 3). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
10/22/2012 - When Orange tailback Jerome Smith steamrolled through Connecticut on the first drive of the game, Syracuse sensed its game plan would work. Did it ever. Alec Lemon had eight catches for 166 yards to help set up three touchdowns, caught an 11-yard scoring pass, and Syracuse beat Connecticut 40-10 on Friday night to spoil Huskies coach Paul Pasqualoni's return nearly eight years after he was fired by the Orange. With the run game purring -- Smith had a career-high 133 yards as the Orange gained 251 yards on the ground -- Lemon took advantage of the middle and was virtually unstoppable. He had receptions of 41 yards and a career-long 68 yards to set up scores late in the second period and on the first possession of the third to help break open the game, then caught a short one over the middle as the Orange wreaked havoc on both sides of the ball. "The running game was going," said Lemon, who has 27 catches for 475 yards in four games against UConn. "We just feed off the running game in the pass game, keep it going. And we knew they were tired out there." A loss for Syracuse (3-4, 2-1 Big East) not only would have been embarrassing, it would have made reaching a bowl game a daunting task with five games left. The Orange snapped a five-game losing streak against UConn (3-5, 0-3). - AP Sports
09/24/2012 - WEEK 4 BIG EAST HONOR ROLL: Alec Lemon, Sr., WR, Syracuse, Crofton, Md.,...Had nine receptions for 106 yards in a 17-10 loss at Minnesota. Set Syracuse's career receptions record (145). - BIG EAST football
09/07/2012 - WR Alec Lemon missed the opener with a lower body injury, after giving it a go in warm-ups and failing to see it respond. It's unclear whether this will sideline him for subsequent games. - The Sports Xchange
08/01/2012 - Syracuse University football senior wide receiver Alec Lemon will be back on the field Monday when preseason camp opens after recovering from off-season shoulder surgery that kept him out of spring ball. Lemon is one 49 players to be named to the 2012 Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list. The annual award recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. "That was big," SU coach Doug Marrone said this morning here at the annual Big East football media day. "I'm not going to lie to you. That was a big thing for us because he's been very productive. He's been a very good football player." Lemon, a second-team All-Big East selection last season, set the Syracuse single-season reception record in 2011 with 68 catches. He is fifth in the SU record books with 129 career receptions and is tied for ninth with 11 touchdown receptions. He played with the injury for a substantial part of that productive season, wearing a brace to help stabilize the shoulder. "I don't know," he said. "I've always been a tough guy. I don't like to show too much pain. I felt I was good enough to finish the season." The injury and subsequent surgery were serious enough that it was feared Lemon, a fourth-year senior, could miss a substantial part of the 2012 season and maybe even have to redshirt. "Coming off the surgery you always have the doubt and the scare that you might not be able to do it," he said, "but I had my mind set and my heart set that I was going to play, and I did everything I could do to make it happen." - Dave Rahme, The Post-Standard
07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Alec Lemon, Syracuse, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. Lemon, who set the Syracuse single-season reception record last season with 68 receptions, is only one of three BIG EAST wide receivers on the list. He is also listed fifth in the SU record books with 129 career receptions and is tied for ninth with 11 touchdown receptions. The Crofton, MD native has seen action in every game in his career and was the primary starter for the past two seasons. - Syracuse football