Photo-realistic Death Valley replica!
Ten to Watch: Charone Peake ready to leap into competition


  by - Senior Writer - Saturday, July 5, 2014 10:23 AM
    |

Peake has 37 receptions for 327 yards and three touchdowns in his career

One of the biggest questions surrounding the Clemson football team heading into fall camp, if not the biggest question, is who will step forward as the playmaker and go-to-guy in Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
View Full Profile
’ offense.

Could it finally be Charone PeakeCharone Peake
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 200
Moore, SC

View Full Profile
’s time to shine?

Gone are playmakers like Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
Quarterback (2009 - 2013)
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

View Full Profile
, Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

View Full Profile
, Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

View Full Profile
and Roderick McDowellRoderick McDowell
Running Back (2009 - 2013)
#25 5-9, 195
Sumter, SC

View Full Profile
. During his time at Clemson, Peake has labored in the shadows of Nuk Hopkins and Watkins, watching and waiting while his two teammates turned All-American caliber seasons into first round NFL Draft selections.

Peake was a part of the highly-regarded 2011 signing class that included Watkins and Bryant, but both of those have moved on to the riches and pressure of the NFL while Peake tries to recover from a torn ACL suffered early last season.

Peake had eight catches for 84 yards and a touchdown in two games in 2013, and appeared to be well on his way to living up to the praise that head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
View Full Profile
and offensive coordinator Chad Morris had heaped on the Dorman product after a productive summer and fall practice.

That all changed when Peake tore his ACL in practice the second week of September. He needed surgery and was out for Clemson's last 11 games. However, Peake was granted a medical waiver to restore his eligibility and will have two more years remaining with the Tigers.

During the spring, Peake told TigerNet that the beginning of his rehabilitation was harder than expected.

“I'm not going to lie,” he said. “It hurt me a little bit. It really hit me at the Orange Bowl, standing on the sidelines watching a really good game and not being a part of it. But once rehab got started, I got stronger and everything has been going pretty good since then.”

Peake said that the fact that he performed so well during the previous spring and summer and seemed poised for a breakout season made the injury even harder to take.

“During last summer and fall camp I improved so much," he said. "I feel like it's still in me, too. It shouldn't be a problem with the red-shirt and two years (of eligibility) left. That'll be on me. I think I'll build my confidence, get my cuts right and plant more off my left knee during the summer before camp gets here. I'm already moving a lot and can sprint. I'm already working on some side-to-side stuff, too. I'm going to be 100-percent by the time the summer hits. When we start drills with the team, I'll be ready."

Peake began catching passes and running routes late in the spring, and he appeared to walk and jog without any trouble at Dabo Swinney’s high school camps.

However, he has not just worked on his health – he has become a mentor and leader to a talented group of younger players that include Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
Fr. Wide Receiver
#3 5-11, 180
Tarpon Springs, FL

View Full Profile
, Kyrin PriesterKyrin Priester
Fr. Wide Receiver
#17 6-2, 190
Lilburn, GA

View Full Profile
and Demarre KittDemarre Kitt
Fr. Wide Receiver
#8 6-1, 195
Tyrone, GA

View Full Profile
.

"Oh they look good, all of them. They look like college players now. Physically, they're all ready to play right now,” Peake said. “If someone goes down, one of them needs to be able to move over to a spot. We'll need them all. I’ve taken on more of a role of a coach,” he said. “We can look at film and see what they are doing wrong, and then we can teach them.”


Rate this Story:
35 votes
Send Feedback to David Hood: Email | Comment
    |
  •  
    Open date thoughts: Defense salty, but offense needs a certain someone healthy - 4 days ago
    Clemson has an open date this week, and it's a chance to heal the bumps and bruises that are accumulated through a college football season. But the stats are saying a win over Wake Forest might not be as easy as people think? And, what is the answer for Clemson's offense? Full Story »
  •  
    Swinney defends Stoudt, says Watson could see action in practice this week - 4 days ago
    Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told the media Monday morning that he was proud of senior quarterback Cole Stoudt and that freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson may be a little more involved in practice this week. What other injury news did he have? Who is he pulling for when FSU plays at Louisville this week? Full Story »
  •  
    No Excuses - 5 days ago
    Clemson's offense has been decimated by injuries, and the performance during Saturday's win over Syracuse didn't exactly sparkle as the Tigers have scored just three offensive touchdowns in the last three games. What does Chad Morris say about the injuries and the offense? Full Story »
  •  
    Next In Line at Wide Receiver U - 1 week ago
    Clemson’s receivers have drawn praise – and high draft grades – over the last few seasons. Sammy Watkins and Nuk Hopkins both drew first round grades, and Martavis Bryant was a fourth round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers despite leaving Clemson a year early. Can Mike Williams be the next in line? Full Story »
  •  
    Thoughts from the WestZone: A perfect day, defense and who would you hire? - 1 week ago
    Saturday is supposed to be one of those perfect, sun splashed afternoons that are perfect for tailgating. The evening hours are forecast to be crisp and clear, the perfect conditions for a Clemson football game in Death Valley. What should Syracuse expect? What other nuggets came out of the WestZone this week? Full Story »

Subscribe to our RSS Feed
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Facebook
Sign Up for News Alerts
Features
Updates
Daily Digest