Friday Clemson football notebook

CLEMSON - Brent Venables couldn't help but chuckle when the Michael Campanaro and Wes Welker comparison was brought up earlier this week.

It's not that Venables doesn't think the Wake Forest wide receiver compares favorably to Welker, who's in his first season with the Broncos. Venables has no problem with the comparison, even if it's almost a little too obvious.

"[Campanaro] is a guy that understands space," Venables said. "He's got great quickness in short area, explosiveness, has a great feel for the game of football, very competitive and makes almost every clutch play that needs to be made."

Venables was on staff at Oklahoma when Welker was at Texas Tech.

"We didn't offer him at Oklahoma," Venables said.

Mistake? Kind of.

"[Mike] Leach was our offensive coordinator and we didn't offer him," Venables said. "Then, he takes the Tech job. Of course, it's January, so he's scrapping for players and [Welker] is left and available, so he takes him on one of the last few weekends of recruiting.

"He didn't find a gem, have him hidden somewhere. He didn't want him at Oklahoma."

On the same page

With the injury to Charone Peake, Germone Hopper has moved up in the pecking order of wide receivers for Tajh Boyd to throw the ball to.

Earlier this week, Hopper said there's one way to truly build chemistry with Boyd.

"I feel really comfortable. I feel like we can get more chemistry the more that I get in the game," Hopper said "Every time I get in the game, I just try to do my role, do my job, connect with Tajh as much as possible. He's back there looking for someone to get open. I just try to do my best to get open."

Figuring out the Deacs

Through four games, Wake Forest has done a little bit over everything. So, figuring out just what they'll use on Saturday against Clemson has been a bit of a challenge this week.

Spencer Shuey went in depth.

"They've done a lot in their first four games. Not really sure what to expect, just kind of preparing for everything," he said. "Try not to have too big of a game plan. Just focus on us, focus on the little things and know our keys with each of the calls, be able to master those."

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