When they say Clemson is Wide Receiver University, the proof is in the pudding.
The list of players from that position that the program has consistently put into the NFL is a long. DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant, Jacoby Ford, Adam Humphries, Mike Williams, Artavis Scott, Hunter Renfrow, Charone Peake, Deon Cain, Ray-Ray McCloud, Tee Higgins, Amari Rodgers, and Cornell Powell just to name recent receivers.
The Tigers have a lot of depth with the current receivers they have on roster. Frank Ladson Jr, Dacari Collins, E.J. Williams, Justyn Ross, Joseph Ngata, Ajou Ajou, Beaux Collins, Troy Stellato, and Brannon Spector makes for a lot of competition.
That competition not only helps the wide receiver room, but also better prepares the teams defensive backs. Clemson cornerback’s coach Mike Reed praised the current wideouts for how they have helped his position group.
“I mean it’s because we are going to face it every week, you know and like I always say, you never know how strong a rubber band is until you pull it,” Reed said at Clemson Media Day last week. “Well when you have a good receiver and a good DB, and they’re pulling at each other, they’re gonna get better. So that’s what I love about going against our receiving crew everyday is, we are going against the best.”
The Tiger defensive backs continuously have the tough task of facing this wide receiving corps all season long in practice. It gives the group an opportunity to get better everyday so that no matter what team they play, the Clemson secondary will be prepared to win that match up against any other team.
“It doesn’t give you an opportunity to rest,” Reed said. “You gotta bring your A-game in practice. So if you’re bringing your A-game in practice, that means you’re creating habits throughout the week which become consistent. So now on gameday they show up.”