Receiver, Injury and Other Notes

CLEMSON – A few aspects like surrounding the wide receiver position left vacant by the season ending injury to Jacoby Ford became much clearer after Clemson football practice Monday night.

As of now, Tyler Grisham will be the main guy in the slot, especially in spread formations. Grisham is able to do this because Rendrick Taylor appears to be healthy once again and will play Saturday against Duke in the position vacated by Grisham.

"We'll move Tyler over there in Jacoby's spot, but it will be a void that will have to be filled by several guys," wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney said. "James (Davis) and C.J. (Spiller) have to pick up the slack in the running game. The thing about Jacoby is he was as big of a factor in the running game as he was in the passing game."

Terrence Ashe will also get plenty of playing time there, just as he did against Virginia Tech.

"Jacoby didn't have a single catch against Florida State," Swinney said. "We threw for 350 yards against Virginia Tech and didn't have Jacoby Ford. A kid like Ashe goes in and has five catches.

"It will be a split crew, but Tyler Grisham will be the primary workload guy, especially with having Rendrick back."

Swinney said Taylor, who has been nursing a slightly torn hamstring and hasn't played since the fourth week of the season, could have played Saturday against Maryland if needed.

"It was just one of those things where I was going to see how it went," he said. "I really think he could have played, but I'm really glad we didn't play him because it was another weekend for him (to heal).

"He was full speed out there today and looked great. … You lose a kid like Jacoby but get a player like Rendrick back is a big shot in the arm for us."

One move that won't happen is that of Spiller to receiver. Head coach Tommy Bowden nixed those thoughts real quick and said they won't alter the team's formations and regular game plans.

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