Bryant: "I already know what has to be done"

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Martavis Bryant says, “They don’t need to say anything to me. I already know what has to be done."

CLEMSON – Wide receiver Charone PeakeCharone Peake
Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 200
Moore, SC

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went to make a cut during practice early last week, and let out the kind of yell that hurt those that heard it, including fellow wide receiver Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Jr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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Peake was the second-leading receiver for Clemson (2-0) with eight catches for 84 yards and a touchdown, but suffered a torn ACL during a non-contact drill Tuesday and an MRI on Wednesday showed the ligament tear.

Peake, a junior out of Dorman, was expected to be a large part of any success Clemson was to have this year. He caught 25 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in limited action last season.

One observer told me that Peake’s scream sounded like it “came from somewhere down deep in his soul,” and Bryant, a junior out of Anderson’s T.L. Hanna High, agreed.

“It did. He was running a route and he planted real hard. As soon as he planted, he just said, ‘Owww’ and fell to the ground,” Bryant told TigerNet Monday. “At first it didn’t look bad, but then they said it was his knee and he had to go inside. He didn’t find out until the next day that he had torn his knee up. He was crying in practice. It hurt me to see that because he put in a lot of work with us over the summer. He had worked hard and things were going to pay off for him. There’s a time and place for everything and everything happens for a reason. He will be fine though.”

Bryant said that he hurts for Peake, who was his roommate during their freshman year.

“It hurts me. It hurt him. And, I know his mom is probably hurt too because Charone has been working hard,” Bryant said. “He has been going through a lot of things like I had to go through. We have both overcome all of the stuff that we had to go through to do what we are doing now. It’s tough.”

I asked Bryant what kinds of things he and Peake had to go through, and he said it was the process of waiting their turn and gaining maturity.

“We had to wait our turn. We’ve had good athletes and receivers come through here with DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
Wide Receiver
#6 6-2, 205
Central, SC

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and Jaron [Brown],” he said. “We had to sit back and wait on those guys. We had to work hard and be held accountable for our coaches to trust us.”

Bryant said that no one on the coaching staff has to tell him to step up his game or that he needs to rise to the occasion – he already knows.

“They don’t need to say anything to me. I already know what has to be done,” he said. “They don’t need to talk to me about it. I’m not really a person that you have to talk to. We aren’t going to be worried. We are going to be just fine.”

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