The opportunity has arrived

CLEMSON - Charone Peake is finally in position to be an impact wide receiver in Clemson's hurry-up, no-huddle offense.

For two seasons, Peake had to exercise extreme patience as Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins became household names and Jaron Brown kept a tight grip on the starting job at the 5-position.

"I think what's helped me become a better player was playing behind those guys like Jaron. That's helped me become a better player," Peake said.

There was plenty to learn from Brown and Hopkins, both of whom are now in camp with NFL teams.

"Just being around them, I learned to be a better person, overall and on the field. Just the simple things, catching the ball, releases at the line, stuff like that," Peake said.

Watkins, however, is still around. And he's still a household name. But that's just fine with Peake.

"Sammy being the No. 1 guy, I just want to take advantage of the opportunity that I'm given, because I know a lot of the balls are going to go his way," Peake said. "When the ball comes my way, I'm going to have to take advantage of those opportunities."

Though his opportunities weren't very frequent over the last two years, Peake was, for the most part, productive when his name was called.

After catching four passes for 71 yards as a freshman, Peake had 25 receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns in 2012.

Jeff Scott believes those numbers will increase again in 2013 now that Peake is the starter at the 5-position.

"Charone's got an opportunity," Scott said. "He's definitely made some big plays for us in the past. It's been a process. He's the last guy off the field everyday since he got here as a freshman, on the jugs machine. He's in the meeting room a good bit.

"It's very important to him. He's mature. He's very serious about his work."

Scott added, "Sometimes, it takes certain guys longer to get to the same point. I've got full confidence in Charone that he's a very special player, has great play-making ability.

"I think he's been working extremely hard for this year. I have a lot of expectations that this is going to be a big year for him."

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