The 9-position is more of a possession-type wide receiver. Players at the 9 are typically the most well-rounded receivers, capable of running solid routes and possessing good hands.
1. DeAndre Hopkins, So.
2010: It took a few weeks before Hopkins emerged as the go-to receiver for Kyle Parker, but Hopkins' 52 catches for 637 yards and four touchdowns were all tops among all Tiger pass catchers. He became the first first-year wide receiver in school history to lead the team in receptions. CollegeFootballNews.com named Hopkins an honorable mention Freshman All-American.
This spring: Throughout the spring, Hopkins kept a hold of his billing as Clemson's most reliable wide receiver. In the Orange and White game, he recorded a game-high four receptions for 54 yards.
Heading into the fall: Hopkins will continue to work with the first-team offense and he's the leading candidate to be the favorite target for first-year starting quarterback Tajh Boyd. Hopkins could also figure into the equation as a punt returner. Last season, he returned a pair of punts for 33 yards, with a long of 31.
2. Charone Peake, Fr.
2010: Peake had 65 catches for 1,053 and nine touchdowns and rushed 18 times for 120 yards as a senior at Dorman High School in Roebuck. He played in the Shrine Bowl and U.S. Army All-American game.
This spring: Scout.com rated Peake with four stars and ranked him as the No. 9 wide receiver in the class of 2011.
Heading into the fall: Peake will be among three freshman wide receivers who will push for playing time this season. He could play both the 5 and 9-positions. A rangy target with good ball skills, Peake figures to see the field early, but can he eclipse Hopkins? That may be too much to ask in year one.
3. Stanton Seckinger, Fr.
2010: As a senior at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, Seckinger hauled in a school-record 105 catches for 1,833 yards and 26 touchdowns. In the North Carolina/South Carolina Independent School Association Shrine Bowl, he had nine catches for 334 yards.
This spring: Scout.com rated Seckinger as a two-star wide receiver in the class of 2011.
Heading into the fall: The competition Seckinger faced during his high school career doesn't come close to what he'll see on his first-day of practice at Clemson. Though he put up very impressive numbers, he's likely to redshirt this fall.
4. Adam Humphries, Fr.
2010: Humphries hauled in 17 catches for 329 yards and four touchdowns as a senior at Dorman. He also rushed 34 times for 178 yards and 11 touchdowns and returned seven kickoffs for 155 yards. Humphries played cornerback in the Shrine Bowl.
This spring: Scout.com ranked Humphries as the No. 123 cornerback in the class of 2011 and classified him with three stars.
Heading into the fall: Likely headed for a redshirt this fall. He could also play the 2-position at Clemson on down the line.
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