Clemson, Tennessee battle over who is 'WRU'
|2015-04-29 11:57:17.0- -||
Football offseason has truly begun as schools are recruiting and taking jabs at each other on social-media. The latest is Clemson and Tennessee debating on who is the better school at producing NFL wide receivers.
Tennessee's wide receiver coach Zach Azzanni posted the following Twitter poster on Tuesday afternoon stating that his school is 'The original WRU'.
The Volunteers have had 10 wide receivers drafted in the 80’s and one receiver drafted each year in the 90's besides 1993. Some of their famous wide receiver alumni include Donte Stallworth, Peerless Price, Da'Rick Rogers, Stanley Morgan and Alvin Harper.
However, only Cordarrelle Patterson and Robert Meachem have been drafted from Tennessee since 2007. Tennessee's wide receiver stats in the NFL last season were 80 receptions for 1,111 yards and four touchdowns.
Clemson's Jeff Scott is recruiting very hard this off-season and posted a Twitter message on Tuesday stating that the "WRU Takeover has begun" and "Can't live in the past forever" which obviously disagreed with UT's assertion of their self-imposed title of 'WRU'. Clemson's NFL wide receiver roster of Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL
View Full Profile, Jacoby FordJacoby Ford
Wide Receiver (2006 - 2009)
#6 5-9, 175
Royal Palm Beach, FL
View Full Profile, Jaron BrownJaron Brown
Wide Receiver (2008 - 2012)
#18 6-2, 205
View Full Profile, Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC
View Full Profile and Nuk Hopkins is quite impressive.
The Tigers also responded with an interesting video on Tuesday afternoon showing the NFL stats and videos of former Clemson wide receivers and calling Clemson 'the New WRU'. Clemson's NFL wide receivers had 194 receptions for 2,970 yards and 23 touchdowns last season.
Clemson's first round draft picks include Rod Garner (2001), DeAndre Hopkins (2013) and Sammy Watkins (2014). Other Tigers drafted include Derrick Hamilton (2004), Airese Curry (2005), Chansi Stuckey (2007), Jacoby Ford (2010) and Martavis Bryant (2014).
On Wednesday, Azzanni posted the following Twitter post about their wide receiver legacy.
No caption needed........ pic.twitter.com/N1DNB3euVz— Zach Azzanni COACH Z (@UTCoachZA) April 29, 2015
Thirty minutes later on Wednesday, Scott posted the following Twitter post showcasing Clemson's wide receiver video.
Tennessee responded with their own hype video about their wide receivers called "Get Back" on Wednesday afternoon.
As a recruiting sidenote - Both schools are vying for the services for 4-star wide receiver Diondre Overton from Greensboro, N.C. and want him to know they produce a lot of NFL wide receiver talent. His top two schools are Clemson and Tennessee.
Other schools that certainly could also lay claim to 'WRU' include Southern California (11 WR draft picks since 2001) and LSU (14 WR draft picks since 2000).
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