This is absolutely fantastic news for the Syracuse football team.
Jeremiah Kobena, the Orange’s sophomore playmaking wide receiver, appears to be a lock Dave Rahme of the Syracuse Post-Standard is reporting. Kobena was a full go today in practice, and will be ready to play this weekend against South Florida.
Kobena, who is also the team’s primary kickoff returner, has missed the last five games with a hand injury suffered during a 42-29 loss to USC on Sept. 8 at MetLife Stadium. He practiced with the team last week and was expected to return to the lineup for Friday night’s game vs. Connecticut in the Carrier Dome, a 40-10 Orange victory. At the last minute it was decided to keep him out of the lineup.
Kobena has caught five passes this season, two of them for touchdowns, for 101 yards. His average of 20.2 yards per catch is the highest on the team. He has also returned nine kickoffs for 174 yards (19.33-yard average). Junior Steve Rene has handled the kickoff returns in Kobena’s absence.
Kobena is the team’s most dangerous deep threat, and his return vs. a suspect Bulls’ secondary would be huge.
This is absolutely huge for Doug Marrone and company. I’ve been huge on Kobena since watching him perform in the spring game, and absolutely think that the addition of this deep threat can absolutely make a huge difference not only in the passing game, but in the running game as well. The inconsistent special teams play? Yeah he is the team’s primary return man too. This injury was tough on a team whose receivers have had a very difficult time getting open in some games this season, so having Kobena back will without a doubt put more pressure on a South Florida secondary that hasn’t recorded an interception all season while getting torched through the air.