Next in line at the 9

For the first two seasons of Chad Morris' run as offensive coordinator at Clemson, DeAndre Hopkins occupied the 9-position in the Tigers' hurry-up, no-huddle attack.

The 9-man lines up on the boundary side of the ball, or the short-side of the field.

Last season, Martavis Bryant received a majority of the snaps there -- 580, to be exact. He finished second on the team in every receiving category in 2013. A starter in 11 of the 13 games, Bryant had 42 catches for 828 yards and seven touchdowns.

Now that he's off to the NFL with Sammy Watkins, it's time to start looking for the next wide receiver to play the 9-position.

Spring Candidates

Mike Williams, Sophomore
It would appear that it's Williams' position to lose. As good as Bryant was in 2013, Williams made a serious push for playing time. A three-game starter, Williams logged 404 snaps as a true freshman. He caught 20 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns.

When Williams was a four-star at Lake Marion High School, Clemson coaches told him that he would have a chance to take over this position after Hopkins' departure. Now is his time.

T.J. Green, Sophomore
Green played 147 snaps as a freshman but had just two catches for zero yards. And a majority of his work came at the 5-position, where Jaron Brown, Charone Peake and Adam Humphries have started in previous seasons.

While Green is likely to remain at the 5-position, it wouldn't surprise us if he cross-trained at the 9 to help add depth there.

Demarre Kitt, Freshman
One of three mid-year enrolled wide receivers who will be on campus for spring practice, it's possible that Kitt could see time at any one of the three wide receiver positions before his Clemson career is finished.

Coming out of Sandy Creek High School, Kitt was a four-star prospect, according to

Kyrin Priester, Freshman
Like Kitt, Priester could contribute at any of the three positions during his time at Clemson. Only time will tell which one of the three it will be.

Fellow freshman Trevion Thompson, the lone wide receiver signee not to enroll early, is expected to compete for a two-deep spot at the 9-position. Top Stories