Spring Breakdown: Wide Receivers

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Artavis Scott is a valuable playmaker for the Tigers

With the early departures of Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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

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, the Clemson Tigers were left wondering who would be their go-to receiver when the game was on the line or when they needed a big play as they prepared for spring practice and fall camp a year ago.

Mike WilliamsMike Williams
So. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 208
Vance, SC

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had a good freshman campaign, but still only played minimum snaps behind Watkins and Bryant. Would he step up and become “the guy”? Would Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
Fr. Wide Receiver
#3 5-11, 190
Oldsmar, FL

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be able to come in and have an immediate impact? Would Charone PeakeCharone Peake
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 204
Moore, SC

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be able to recover from a nagging knee injury? How would Demarre KittDemarre Kitt
Fr. Wide Receiver
#8 6-1, 183
Tyrone, GA

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, Kyrin PriesterKyrin Priester
Wide Receiver (2014)
#17 6-1, 186
Lilburn, GA

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and Trevion ThompsonTrevion Thompson
Fr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-3, 191
Durham, NC

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fit into the mix?

Those questions were answered rather quickly once the season got rolling as Williams made incredible catches and Scott proved that he could be a difference maker, but as Clemson prepares to open spring practice in about two weeks they are facing a whole different set of question at the wide receiver position.

Clemson has the playmakers on campus; however, after early departures by Kitt and Priester and the graduation of Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Sr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-11, 193
Spartanburg, SC

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and Daniel RodriguezDaniel Rodriguez
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#83 5-8, 175
Stafford, VA

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the Tigers will only have six scholarship wide receivers on campus and will only have seven when the season starts with the addition of Deon Cain.

Co-offensive coordinators Jeff ScottJeff Scott
Asst. Coach (WR) / Recruiting Coord.
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and Tony ElliottTony Elliott
Assistant Coach / Running Backs
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know what they have in Williams and Scott – Clemson’s top wide receivers from last season. Williams finished the season with 57 catches for 1,030 yards and six scores, including nine catches for 112 yards and a score in Clemson’s victory over Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Scott finished his freshman season with 76 catches for 965 yards and eight touchdowns, including seven receptions for 185 yards and two scores in Clemson's 35-17 victory over South Carolina in the season finale.

The Tigers also return Peake, Thompson, and Germone HopperGermone Hopper
RS So. Wide Receiver
#5 6-0, 175
Charlotte, NC

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, while adding freshman and mid-year enrollee Shadell Bell to the fold.

Hopper had a rather underwhelming sophomore season with just 27 catches for 331 yards and three scores, while Peake added 12 catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

Can Peake – who will be a senior – have a healthy spring and continue to gain more confidence after the knee injury? Will Hopper finally take the next step and become a dependable target after being plagued with drops in the second half of last season?

Thompson didn’t arrive on campus until late last summer, ensuring that he would spend 2014 redshirting. Head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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said that the 6-2, 195-pound receiver has completely transformed his body and improved every aspect of his game since he arrived on campus.

“Where he was in August - and I said this a couple of days ago - and where he is now is night and day,” Swinney said during bowl practice. “He is bigger and faster, and everything about him looks better. He got here in early July and just wasn't quite ready mentally and physically had to transform, too. And when you aren't really getting a lot of reps in camp, it's hard to get guys to the next level. He will have a great opportunity this spring. I am really proud of Trevion. He has changed his body and really busted his tail in that power hour. And because of that and because he has paid the price he has a confidence about him.”

With the Tigers being short on numbers at receiver and having a deep and talented pool of running backs, could Zac BrooksZac Brooks
Jr. Running Back
#24 6-1, 199
Jonesboro, AR

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– who has always been viewed as a receiver, running back combo and is a dependable receiver out of the backfield – move out wide?

Trevion Thompson should push for playing time

Can any of the walk-ons – Hunter RenfrowHunter Renfrow
Fr. Wide Receiver
#35 5-10, 170
Myrtle Beach, SC

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(Myrtle Beach (SC) Socastee), Jordan Bianchi (Greer (SC) Riverside), Adrien DunnAdrien Dunn
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#82 5-7, 170
Clemson, SC

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(Central (SC) Daniel), Seth RyanSeth Ryan
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#85 5-11, 160
Summit, NJ

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(Summitt (NJ) or Sean Mac LainSean Mac Lain
RS Fr. Tight End
#88 6-3, 200
Hope Mills, SC

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(Hope Mills (NC) Jack Britt) make a move on the depth chart?

There are plenty of questions to be answered for Jeff Scott’s wide receiver corps, but luckily there is plenty of time to figure out the solution.

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