Baham: Follow Me

CLEMSON – There's no doubt in who wide receiver Curtis Baham views as one of the most important pieces in Clemson's new offense in 2005. And with the recent departure of a couple of teammates, he could very well be right. <br>

"I know I have to step up and be the leader of the receivers," he said in and interview with "This is the year for me to show what I've really got. I'm going to have to take control of the situation and be a leader."

In 2004, Airese Currie had 61 catches for 868 yards. The next closest for the Tigers was 25 catches. However, with the graduation of Currie somebody has to rise to the occasion and fill his void.

And Baham, a rising senior who had only 16 catches for 188 yards in 10 games, says he is the one.

"I expect the best year of football I've ever played in my life," he says without blinking an eye. "I know I'm going to play at the top of my game."

He needs to be. There's going to be pressure and expectations cast his way to do so.

"I don't feel pressure," he said. "Pressure is motivation. I thrive on it."

For Baham and the rest of the team, preparation for the opening game in September starts March 11, with the first day of spring practice.

But because of the brand new offense installed by recently hired offensive coordinator Rob Spence, Baham and the rest of the receivers will spend their time learning the new formations and plays, while at the same time trying to develop a sense of timing with quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.

"All that timing will come with practice," Baham said. "We'll be fine. I'm not worried about that at all."

Well, truth be told, he may be the only one without the slightest bit of butterflies stirring around inside. There is great anticipation from the coaching staff down to the players for what this new offense has in store.

There's also a sense of nervousness because of the unknown.

However, being ever confident, Baham said there's absolutely no reason to worry.

"I know I'm going to perform and I have faith in my teammates," he said. "We're going to have a breakout year. I just know it. And I know I'm going to be a reason why." Top Stories