Williams' production off the charts

CLEMSON - Mike Williams has seen his sophomore season get off to a tremendous start.


Wide receiver Mike Williams is having a very productive sophomore season, especially in terms of yards per reception.

Entering the heart of his second season on the field, he already has 30 receptions for 671 yards and four scores. That computes to a 22.37 yards per reception figure, which is No. 1 in the nation among all players with at least 30 receptions.

He's already been compared by wide receivers coach Jeff Scott as a cross between Martavis Bryant and former South Carolina standout Alshon Jeffrey- two wide outs currently making noise in the NFL.

And while he's more than living up to the hype as the Tigers' best down-field threat, Clemson's offense has bogged down at times the last two games featuring two of the top defenses in the country in Louisville and Boston College. The Tigers managed just 23 points in the win over the Cardinals, and just 17 last week against the Eagles.

The loss of star QB Deshaun Watson, certainly doesn't help, but Williams says the future remains bright.

"We're a young group," he said. "We are trying to grow as a team and get better every week. It's not frustrating at all what's happened the last two weeks because we still were able to win. We are a young group. We're getting there."

With Syracuse coming to town Saturday, there could be an opportunity to put up big numbers for the first time in a few weeks, too. Louisville and Boston College both had top 10 defenses, while Syracuse ranks in the middle of the pack nationally.

Additionally, the Orange like to line up in man-to-man coverage.

Clemson torched that coverage last season, scoring 35 first-half points - and it could have been more. A drive bogged down inside of the Syracuse five-yard line as time ran out in the first half.

"They played a lot of man last year. Hopefully we can take advantage of it," Williams said. "We've got to take advantage of the opportunities they give us. Hopefully we can do that."

For the record, Syracuse enters Saturday's matchup in Death Valley with the 63rd ranked passing offense in the country, yielding 230 yards per game.

Don't be surprised if Williams gets at least half that number all by himself.

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