Spotlight on Jaron Brown

CLEMSON - Jaron Brown is very well aware of the urgency to find reliable wide receivers.

And he knows that plenty of eyes will be on him and the seven other guys in the receiver group.

"Coming into this game, a lot of people are looking at this receiver group," Brown told CUTigers this week. "I feel like we've got to just go out there and make plays."

Wide receivers coach Jeff Scott plans to rotate as many as eight receivers in and out of Saturday's game against North Texas. Brown, who's listed as the co-starter at the ‘Z' receiver with Terrance Ashe, is looking to make a splash.

Brown's been impressive on the practice fields throughout his Clemson career. Other than an 18-yard touchdown catch against Coastal Carolina, his play hasn't exactly transferred to game days.

It's important for him to make a good impression in Saturday's season opener.

"You want to go out there and perform, do your best. I think on the practice field, that's where you get your preparation from," Brown said. "Just transferring it from the practice field to game field, that's really important."

Through August, standing on the depth chart was primarily based on performance during fall camp and practice. Scott, offensive coordinator Billy Napier and head coach Dabo Swinney will use Saturday's game as the next step in evaluating which wide receivers can be relied upon this fall. The plan is to have the two-deep set by the third or fourth game of the season.

Plenty of pressure to perform, right?

Not really.

"You want to catch everything thrown your way. You want to go out there and perform well. It's really no pressure," Brown said. "We came to Clemson to do this. Our job is to make plays and catch the ball, no matter who's throwing it to us. It's just a matter of going out, making plays and having fun."

And there are seven other guys are trying to do the exact same.

Makes for a fierce competition between teammates, right?


"A thing Swinney uses, iron sharpens iron. Really, it's just a friendly competition. One guy goes out there and makes a play, the next guy steps up and makes a play," Brown said. "That's really one thing that's good with this group. We're all very competitive and we just make each other better." Top Stories