During his career, Tyler Grisham was probably one of the more underappreciated wide receivers to play at Clemson in a long, long time.
With so much attention being devoted to running backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller, plus the fact Aaron Kelly was breaking every receiving record at Clemson and Jacoby Ford was an all-American sprinter, people sometimes forgot about the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Grisham.
In his career, Grisham hauled in 132 passes for 1,390 yards, including a career high 653 yards his junior season when he ranked second on the team. Grisham found the end zone eight times in his career, but even more important than that, he became known as the Tigers' best possession receiver, making many third down catches to keep drives alive in crucial situations.
With Grisham gone, the Tigers will be looking for someone else now to fill that void. With a more ball controlled offense expected this year, it is going to be paramount that Clemson has one of these three candidates step up early in fall camp and become that guy.
Terrance Ashe (6-foot-2, 190, redshirt junior, Cheraw, SC)
About: A walk-on, he caught three passes in the season opener last year after Jacoby Ford was injured. Was injured after that and did not catch another pass. Missed three games and then played special teams the last nine games of the season. He also played 18 snaps against Duke. A veteran of 23 games, he has 10 career catches for 72 yards. He is the only active walk-on who has lettered each of the last two seasons.
The positives: Like Grisham, he is one of the hardest workers on the team. Not the fastest of the wide receivers, but he makes up for his speed by out working his competition and being fundamentally sound. Right now he could see a lot of playing time because of his work habits and his knowledge of the offense. He is also very sound at running routes and is a good run blocker. He had four catches for 69 yards in the spring game, which led all wide receivers.
The negatives: Isn't as fast as the other wideouts. Needs to be more consistent catching the ball and needs to be a little bigger and stronger.
Jaron Brown (6-foot-2, 190, redshirt freshman, Cheraw, SC)
About: Was the talk of the spring early on, but was quiet the last couple of weeks when other players like Brandon Ford, Marquan Jones and Ashe started to make plays. The coaches, however, love Brown's upside and think he will eventually be a very good starter for them at wide receiver. He led Cheraw to two state championships in high school and caught 31 passes for 516 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. He was an All-State wide receiver and the Palmetto All-Star Back of the Year.
The positives: Has done a good job of picking up the offense. He has gotten a little stronger and early in the spring was showing some consistency at catching the ball no matter what the situation. He did record three catches for 68 yards in the second scrimmage.
The negatives: Seemed to disappear the last two weeks of the spring from a production standpoint. He had just one catch for 11 yards in the Orange and White game. Needs to be more consistent and needs to get stronger.
Kyle Johnson (6-foot-1, 205, senior, Charlotte, NC)
About: Earned a letter last season as a reserve wideout, while playing in 12 of the 13 games. Earned his undergraduate degree in just three years at East Carolina and transferred to Clemson and was eligible right away. He played two seasons at East Carolina. He had two catches for 26 yards in the spring game, including one for 22 yards.
The positives: He is an extremely hard worker. Was one of the more consistent players in the spring and consistently gained praised from head coach Dabo Swinney and receivers coach Jeff Scott. Has good hands, is consistent and is a solid player overall. Has the desire to prove he can play at the BCS level. Since he is a graduate student, he has a more flexible schedule which frees up time for more film study.
The negatives: He isn't a game breaker like Brown can be. He doesn't have breakaway speed. He tries to make up for those things with hard work and studying.
Post spring insider: WRs (part 2)
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