July 22, 2018

Reanalyzing Clemson’s 2012 Wide Receiver Experience

Back on July 5th we looked at the depth and experience of the Clemson wide receivers. We learned yesterday that Sammy Watkins will be out for the first two games with a suspension.  We thought this would be a perfect time to revisit this post. 

Coming out of the spring Dabo mentioned that the coaching staff wanted to get Adam Humphries more involved.  Well, here’s your chance.

Sammy Watkins vs. Wofford (AP)

Wide receiver is a position Clemson does not have an issue with in regards to experience and depth.

This group is talented and experienced, losing only Marquan Jones and his 732 career snaps from anyone of note. Even that loss can be tempered quite a bit given the fact that Jones wasn’t a part of the regular rotation in 2011.

What’s more is that even looking ahead to 2013 all of these players are scheduled to return with the exception of soon to be senior Jaron Brown.

Brown’s loss will be significant as he has developed into a nice third down and clutch receiver since entering Clemson, but is allayed by the prospect of Hopkins, Watkins, Humphries, Peake and Bryant returning.

Wide Receivers Experience

The post-spring depth chart shows Brown and Peake at one spot, Watkins and Humphries at another, and Hopkins and Bryant at the third. Obviously no one can replace Watkins, but Humphries is a serviceable, dependable player who may be counted on more in 2012.

DeAndre Hopkins Photo Courtesy Orange and White

Many expect Peake to pass Brown on the depth chart, but I just don’t see it. Peake was targeted very few times last year and as mentioned, Brown is a reliable and dependable intermediate threat on third down. Nuke Hopkins came into his own in the second half of the season and I believe he will leave Clemson as the all-time leading receiver (4 years vs. 3 for Watkins). Bryant is rumored to be among the fastest players on the team, but appears raw despite a year at prep school and a full year in the Clemson system.

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