First Team: RS Chansi Stuckey (6-0, 185)
Video Vault: Stuckey Scores Against FSU
Resume: Caught an ACC-leading 64 passes for 770 yards and four touchdowns last season. Also named first team all-conference and added 13 rushing attempts for 79 yards as well as a punt return for a touchdown in a one-point win against Texas A&M. Precise route runner and excellent leader on and off the field.
Forecast: Should catch another 60 passes in Rob Spence's precision passing attack. Also will figure in with the return game. Has big play ability and could put up big numbers if teams begin to focus more on running backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller.
Second Team: JR La'Donte Harris (5-11, 185)
Resume: Saw action in all 12 games last year, catching six passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. Recorded three receptions for 21 yards in 137 plays in 2004.
Forecast: Servicable reserve player who will continue to see spot duty throughout the 2006 season. Will likely catch 10-20 passes. Not necessarily a big play threat but dependable.
Newcomer to Watch: FR Jacoby Ford (5-9, 185)
Resume: Florida State High School champion in the 100 and 200 meter dashes while a senior at Cardinal Newman High School. In his first scrimmage at Clemson this spring, caught four passes for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Has world class speed and is ahead of other freshmen considering he enrolled in January.
Forecast: Deemed the fastest player in the country, Ford is already a legend in the mind of the average Clemson fan. Should see immediate playing time as a kick returner, but could also work his way into the two-deep depth chart behind Chansi Stuckey. Must stay healthy but should touch the ball 30-40 times and put up over 500 yards of total offense (kick returns included).
First Team: SO Aaron Kelly (6-5, 180)
Video Vault: Kelly Catches Touchdown Against FSU
Resume: Set a Clemson freshman record with 47 catches for 575 yards last year. Also scored two touchdowns and was instrumental in the kickoff return game, including an 81-yard return against Georgia Tech. Shows surprising strength.
Forecast: Kelly suffered a torn PCL (knee) in spring practice but figures to be close to 100% before the first game and should begin practicing with the team this week. Should be the Tigers' best jump-ball threat downfield and could continue to factor in the return game.
Second Team: RS Andrew Diomande (6-1, 200)
Resume: Appeared in four games last year, catching one pass for 15 yards.
Forecast: With the emergence of Kelly, Diomande figures to see spot duty in 2006. Could catch five to 10 passes and is a servicable blocker.
Third Team: FR Jeff Ogren (6-3, 185)
Resume: Enrolled at Clemson in January and went through spring practice. Put together several impressive scrimmages before catching one pass for 13 yards in the Orange & White game. Good route runner.
Forecast: Should have a productive career but is likely a redshirt candidate unless he stands out during the early stages of fall camp. An underrated player that could make noise if given the opportunity- even as a freshman.
First Team: SO Rendrick Taylor (6-1, 225)
Video Vault: 97-Yard Touchdown in O&W Game
Resume: Started to display excellent progress towards the end of last year. Appeared in 11 games, catching nine passes for 98 yards despite suffering a broken wrist early in the season. Had a breakout spring practice culminating with four catches for 174 yards and a touchdown in the Orange & White game.
Forecast: Figures to be one of the most improved players on the team and a vital cog in Clemson's passing attack. Should be in position to catch 35+ passes. Will also be utilized as a blocking tight end and a ball carrier in the new "J-Back" position.
Second Team: SO Tyler Grisham (5-10, 180)
Resume: Appeared in 11 games as a true freshman, catching 10 passes for 101 yards.
Forecast: Gritty wide out who should see another 20-25 passes thrown his way this year.
Bold Prediction: Chansi Stuckey catches 60 passes for 850 yards and six touchdowns on his way to all-conference honors once again. Taylor accounts for over 500 yards of total offense and four scores. Could be hard for Kelly to duplicate last year's stats with an improved running game and new weapons Ford and Taylor emerging. Jacoby Ford will score a touchdown with his first touch of the ball in at least one game this season.
Quote to Note: "The main things I've been working on during the summer is hand-eye coordination and speed. We ran the 40 and I came in at a 4.45, and that's real good for me. I surprised a lot of my teammates and everyone is very proud of me." - Sophomore wide receiver Rendrick Taylor.
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