Freshman WR proving his worth

CLEMSON - Mike Williams should have a scored his first career touchdown two plays earlier.

With about a minute left in the first half, Clemson had the ball, first-down on the Wake Forest 29-yardline. Williams broke across the middle on a post pattern. By the time Tajh Boyd's pass to Jordan Leggett fell incomplete, he was all alone in the end zone.

Williams, a freshman, told the Heisman trophy quarterback that he was open, wide-open.

"He really didn't say anything. He was like, ‘Alright, I'm going to come back to you.' And he did," Williams said.

His first score was the 101st for Boyd.

"I was seeing the safety. He was coming down and then I was wide-open… [Boyd] saw me and made the play, converted for a touchdown," Williams said

As for having the guts to tell Boyd just how open he was, Williams downplayed the significance.

"Me and Tajh, we're trying to get that bond together, like him and Sammy [Watkins] have," Williams said. "Just letting him know I was open -- that kind of started it."

The touchdown grab was the only catch he had all afternoon.

"It feels great. I've had a lot of touchdowns in my career, but that first Clemson touchdown is great," Williams said.

With Charone Peake done for the season with an ACL tear, Williams is expected to have an expanded role for the Tigers. So far, Williams has lived up to the added pressure.

Chad Morris is happy with Williams, but he's not satisfied.

"Good to see Mike Williams have the success that he had today," Morris said. "He's made some key catches the last couple of weeks for us, so he's very capable. He's got a great future ahead of him. He needs to play consistent."

Williams was one of three Tigers to score their first career touchdown on Saturday. Leggett caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter. C.J. Davidson's first was on a 1-yard run.

For Boyd, it's all about spreading the wealth.

"We don't want one guy to just go out there and score all the touchdowns. We want to make sure that everybody eats a piece of the pie," Boyd said. "It was great for those guys. These guys are the future of the program, the future of the team."

With Williams in the equation for at least two more years, the future appears to be in pretty good hands. Top Stories