Mike Williams and Artavis Scott have both been targeted 57 times, but Williams has played 148 more snaps than the freshman. Scott has been targeted once every 5.8 snaps played and that makes sense considering the routes Scott typically “runs” (runs as in backs up, straightens up and catches a pass behind the line of scrimmage).
Scott’s targets and receptions typically come in bunches and, as Dabo Swinney mentioned earlier this week, he’s used as part of the running game.
Conversely, though he was used close to the line of scrimmage a couple of times vs. Syracuse, Williams is the big play man averaging 21.2 yards per reception and 13 yards each and every time he’s targeted.
Let that soak in for a minute. When Clemson throws the ball in Williams’ direction, complete or not, the Tigers average 13 yards per play. That doesn’t even count the yards gained on interference penalties.
Williams is perhaps the Tiger most effected (besides Deshaun of course) by Deshaun Watson’s injury, because of Watson’s ability to throw deep accurately.
As it is, Williams is averaging 93 yards per game which over a 13 game season would be over 1,200 yards.
Without Watson’s injury 1,500 yards wasn’t of the question for Williams.