Brown making clutch plays

CLEMSON - The numbers Jaron Brown has put up over the last three games may not be impressive, but he's still played a vital role in the Clemson offense.

Brown has six catches for 91 yards in the Tigers' run of back-to-back-to-back wins over nationally ranked opponents.

Of those six receptions, five resulted in a first-down. Three converted third-downs into first-downs.

"It feels good when the coaches have confidence and call a play. You've just got to go out there and make a play," Brown said. "Third-down -- money-down."

Brown had three catches for 56 yards against Virginia Tech. All three were made on separate drives, and all three drives resulted in points for Clemson. Two of the grabs converted third-downs.

Tiger head coach Dabo Swinney dished out praise for Brown after the 23-3 win over the Hokies.

"Nobody talks about Jaron Brown, but Jaron Brown is money," Swinney said on Saturday. "This guy has made more big, clutch plays for us that have sparked us at critical times all year."

The redshirt junior from Cheraw said he, Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins and the rest of the wide receivers feed off of one another.

"I get fired up. I get excited when Nuke makes a play, Sammy makes a play. I'm out there running behind them," Brown said. "Nuke makes a good block, I'm out there blocking for them. It just gets the whole group fired up."

An increased level of confidence has helped Brown continue to make strides under first-year offensive coordinator Chad Morris.

"Confidence grows with every game," Brown said. "Just learning the offense as it's going on, the different coverages, I'm definitely getting confident with each game."

Confidence, according to him, is the most improved part of his game in 2011.

"Confidence to go out there and run block. [That] definitely improved. I'm trying to get a lot more cut blocks," Brown said.

Most of his snaps have come from the 5-position, which lines wide receivers up in the slot.

"This year, the answer for blitz, I'm more of a hot [read] guy, whenever [opposing defenses] blitz," Brown said. "Really, just taking the role. I'm given. Coaches do a great job of putting us in position to make plays."

Looks like he'll continue to get those opportunities as No. 8 Clemson looks to make it six consecutive wins to start the season.


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