Answers emerging at WR?

CLEMSON – Although questions continue to loom over the Clemson wide receivers, Jeff Scott did come closer to learning some answers during Tuesday's stadium scrimmage.

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"I thought we had a couple of guys catch the ball well. Jaron Brown had a couple of catches and Terrance Ashe did well," Scott told CUTigers after the first intra-squad scrimmage of the preseason. "It was a first time for some of these young guys—[DeAndre] Hopkins and [Joe] Craig. Some of those guys could see what it's like in a scrimmage setting when everybody is off the field. Overall, very average for the day."

Hopkins worked mostly with the second team on Tuesday. He's still learning the system but continues to make a case for playing time this fall.

"He's the most physical blocker that we have," Scott said. "He went in and knocked some guys down pretty good today. He takes pride in that. He's getting the running game figured out. I think the passing game, there's just so much going on.

"We installed really heavy that first week. It will kind of die down as we get into that week two. There are so many things going on in his head. He's figuring out what to do, but he's running at full speed trying to read all the stuff.

"Once he becomes more comfortable with what he's doing, I think his athleticism will take over."

Interestingly enough, Scott also said he believed that Hopkins has "done enough" to warrant playing time this fall.

"He's doing enough things out there to see that he's going to have a chance to play and have a chance to help us this year," Scott said. "He's a guy that takes this serious. He's a student of the game. He asks all the right questions. He's more mature than your typical freshman coming in."

Redshirt freshman Bryce McNeal put together a solid couple of days on the practice fields even though Tuesday's performance didn't live up to par.

"He didn't really show up today. He had a couple of opportunities on a screen and didn't finish the catch. He's still got a ways to go, but he's someone we've been very pleased with in the first week of practice," Scott said.

Redshirt sophomore Jaron Brown has etched out a spot for himself in the first group.

"He's probably the closest guy to really getting in there and taking over at that A and Z position. Him and Terrance Ashe and then you have Marquan (Jones) and Bryce coming up behind them," Scott said. "It's very competitive. The good thing is you get three scrimmages."

Three wide receivers had two catches apiece on Tuesday. Ashe's receptions went for 28 yards, Jones totaled 11 yards and Brown had 14. Brandon Ford had a fumble and Hopkins was hit with an off-sides penalty.

"It's probably about what you expect in the first scrimmage. They did some things really good and some things really bad. We've got to eliminate some things," Scott said.

The first group of wide receivers primarily consisted of Xavier Dye, Ashe and Brown, but as always, that's subject to change on a day-to-day basis during preseason camp. Top Stories