Who are the guys that will start alongside Jacoby Ford?
In recent weeks, Terrance Ashe and Xavier Dye have separated themselves as the two.
Wide receiver coach Jeff Scott said Tuesday the competition isn't over either. Although there's a different dynamic to it now.
"I finally am feeling like I have guys pushing the other guys when maybe I haven't had that," he said.
Scott said the gap between Ashe and his backup--Marquan Jones--is pretty narrow.
"The only thing separating Terrance and Marquan--going into last week--is Terrance is such a good weapon blocking," Scott said. "He's by far our best blocker. He just does an excellent job."
Scott was pleased with Jones' blocking effort, especially on two touchdowns in Saturday's 49-3 win over Coastal Carolina. One sprung Jaron Brown into the end zone for a touchdown. The other helped Andre Ellington score on a 55-yard run.
Jones showed flashes of being an explosive down field threat in the early parts of this season. Through the first three games, he had four catches for 134 yards and a touchdown. Since then, he's had only three for 22, and hasn't had a catch since the Wake Forest game.
He was the only receiver who played and didn't have a catch against Coastal Carolina. Scott said the game was used to get guys like Brown chances to make plays.
"I would not be surprised at all if Marquan was able to go in and be a consistent guy for us," Scott said.
One of the most encouraging signs from Saturday is what Brown did when he got the ball in space.
Scott hopes Brown's 18-yard touchdown catch will fuel his confidence. The run reminded Scott of what he saw from Clemson teammate Derrick Hamilton.
"We've seen those type of things in practice…I would think that Jaron is catching up with Terrance and Marquan," Scott said.
Though Brown mistimed the jump on a potential catch that resulted in an interception, Scott believes that going up in the air for a catch is one of Brown's strengths.
Brown was kept after practice on Monday to run the play 10 times, Scott's way of having Brown learn from the mistake.
That's been the culture at the wide receiver since Coach Dabo Swinney was in charge of the position.
"We're usually the last ones to leave, but that's the way it's always been," Scott said. "Those guys get a lot of jug work…we track any drops (from quarterback passes) in practice and they have an extra amount of jugs to get from the normal amount."
Though Bryce McNeal doesn't figure in to any of the competition at wide receiver yet since he's red-shirting this season, he'll be right in the mix this spring.
Scott lights up when talking about McNeal's future.
"Bryce has the rare ability that great receivers have to go full-speed, put his foot in the ground and get going the other way," Scott said.
Running routes one-on-one in practice, Scott said McNeal can beat some of the best defensive backs Clemson has. Scott believes getting in a full spring will help McNeal polish his skills.
A bit slight in size, McNeal also needed to get bigger and stronger, which he has.
During the power hour, when players meet with their position coaches, McNeal is with strength coach Joey Batson.
"That's a big reason we wanted to red-shirt him--to get that lifting in," Scott said.
The never ending competition at wide receiver continues. Starting this spring, it will be in the name of finding Ford's replacement as the go-to wide receiver.
Who's No. 2?
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