CUTigers Spring Blitz: WRs

Last spring, the countdown to the arrival of the class of 2011 wide receivers was on. Now that they're here, the group is the most loaded unit on Clemson's roster.

1-Sammy Watkins
2-Adam Humphries

1-Jaron Brown
2-Charone Peake
3-Stanton Seckinger

1-DeAndre Hopkins
2-Martavis Bryant

2011 Stats (Returning)
Watkins - 82 catches for 1,219 yards with 12 touchdowns; 32 carries for 231 yards
Hopkins - 72 catches for 978 yards with five touchdowns
Brown - 31 catches for 406 yards with four touchdowns
Humphries - 15 catches for 130 yards
Bryant - 9 catches for 221 yards and two touchdowns
Peake - 4 catches for 71 yards

Unit Ranking: A
Hopkins and Watkins, Clemson's top two pass catchers from last season, are back for the 2012 campaign. The duo could be the most formidable one-two punch in the ACC.

Watkins was voted ACC Freshman of the Year, first-team All-ACC and was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff and Walter Camp Award.

Adam Humphries turned in a strong freshman season, catching 15 passes for 130 yards. (Roy Philpott)
Though Brown's 2011 stats were nearly identical to his 2010 numbers, he made a greater impact by hauling in several passes on critical third-down situations.

While Peake and Bryant got more attention on the recruiting trail, it was Humphries who had a more productive first season. As Watkins' backup, he was fourth among wide receivers in receptions.

Peake and Bryant are still big-time talents with plenty of upside.

Round two

So that Watkins guy was pretty good last year, eh? The question now: what will he do for an encore?

Starting this spring, we'll get to start to get a sense of how much Watkins has developed from year one to year two. Based on his desire to win the Heisman Trophy, it's probably safe to assume Watkins will be primed for a second season.

What can Brown do for you?

Brown emerged as a go-to target on third-down for Tajh Boyd. Brown's dependable play helped keep him on the field and kept Peake from stealing too many snaps.

Assuming that Brown's determined to keep his role as a third-down target, he'll come ready to work this spring.

The other 2011 signees

Bryant truly was a vertical threat last season. He led all Clemson pass catchers with 24.6 yards per catch.

Though Peake was set back by a shoulder injury, he still played in every game. He'll continue to push Brown for playing time.

Humphries will have three months to help put some distance between himself and Germone Hopper, a four-star from the 2012 class.

Seckinger, a redshirt in 2011, is projected to play the same position that Brown and Bryant play.

Spring predictions

-Brown remains in the starting lineup
-Humphries is still the fourth receiver Top Stories