Freshman WR Turning Heads

CLEMSON - He wasn't the highest ranked prospect in the 2008 recruiting class, and some even suggested he'd end up at safety.

But at least through the first 10 days of Clemson's preseason camp, Jaron Brown has looked the part as a wide receiver.

Looking back, it seems like just yesterday the former Cheraw standout stunned the Palmetto state by picking Clemson over South Carolina. At the time, many were speculating he was going to be just another in a long line of Cheraw players who ended up in Columbia.

But it didn't happen.

Brown announced at a press conference in early February he wanted to play for championships, not for a .500 record in the SEC, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Now a freshman wide out at Clemson, Brown says time he can't believe how fast time has passed him by since that day.

"Exactly," he said. "Time just flew by and it happened so quick and now we are getting ready to play in the Georgia Dome against Alabama. I've been ready for it for a long time and now that it's almost here is kind of hard to believe."

Like many players in Clemson's freshmen class, Brown says the biggest adjustment for him so far has been dealing with schoolwork, meetings and everything you'd expect in talking to a first-year player.

He's also had another fairly big adjustment to make considering he played high school football for a team that was known more for its running than passing.

"It's been great so far. The main thing I've had to learn is time management with summer school and everything. It took me a while to adjust to that. Once I figured that out, things have been going pretty smooth.

"On the field, coming from a run-oriented offense it's been a pretty big change trying to learn the playbook and get everything down. I'm still kind of learning but I think so far, I'm doing pretty well."

Head coach Tommy Bowden agrees.

"Jaron has looked good for us so far," he said. "He's still learning but he's made a couple of plays and has done some things to turn heads."

Given Clemson's current situation at wide receiver, early playing time this season may be out of the question, however, considering next year at least two starting spots will open up with seniors Aaron Kelly and Tyler Grisham moving on, Brown would be fine redshirting his freshman season.

"Right now it's hard to tell," he said. "I'm playing a different position in the slot and I have guys like Tyler Grisham and Jacoby Ford and Marquan Jones in front of me. It's a big adjustment but I wouldn't see a redshirt as a bad thing because I could learn the playbook more and get stronger."

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