5 Intriguing Questions for Clemson's WRs

The Tigers will arguably return the top group of wide outs in the league in 2008. But that doesn't mean there aren't questions to be asked about their production.

#5. Can Aaron Kelly become a better blocker?
No one in their right mind could question Kelly's production a year ago (88 catches, 1,020 yards and 11 touchdowns) and he'll likely come close to those numbers again in 2008. But what about his blocking? In order to become the complete receiver that will make him millions of dollars as a high draft pick, Kelly must become more physical at the line of scrimmage. That includes creating separation in man-to-man situations, and run blocking. Remember, the Tigers still have an explosive backfield with James Davis and C.J. Spiller so run blocking will be a big key for Clemson's wide outs once this season.

#4. Is Xavier Dye ready for prime time?
Dye, an Aaron Kelly clone, had a strong spring and seems to be on the verge of having a breakout season. However, we've seen many players play well in the months of March and April, only to disappear in the fall. While his future is bright and he'll be more of a factor once Kelly moves on to the NFL, it would still be nice to see the Tigers have another deep threat with Dye.

#3. What's up with Rendrick Taylor?
The former receiver turned linebacker turned running back could be back at wide out sometime during preseason camp, especially if freshman running back Jamie Harper lives up to his recruiting hype. Is this the year Taylor finally becomes the kind of player many have projected him to be since arriving on the scene from Marlboro County High School three years ago? It's still not too late for his 6-3, 240 pound monster to embarrass a few defensive backs, or linebackers for that matter.

#2. Can Tyler Grisham produce more big plays?
Grisham has been a go-to possession receiver throughout his career, but can he turn more short gains into bigger plays? Last year he caught 60 passes, but had just four touchdowns. He's faster than most give him credit for and has a knack for getting open against any coverage scheme. In addition, considering Kelly will command the bulk of the attention from opposing defenses, shouldn't Grisham have the opportunity for more big plays?

#1. Will Jacoby Ford be back to 100 percent?
Now a rising junior, Ford suffered a devastating ankle injury last October in a 30-17 win at Maryland. This spring he was held out of full contact but was able to plant and cut with ease. Will he back to 100 percent in time for the start of the season? The answer will likely be yes, but how will he respond after sustaining his first big collision in a game? Ford's presence is key for Clemson's offense to keep pressure on the opposition because of his pure speed and open field running- give him a step and six points can go on the board in a hurry.


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