After the game, Clear said he was the "top read" on the late-second quarter play. Sure enough, Kyle Parker hit a wide-open Clear streaking up the Clemson sideline for a 70-yard score.
"When I was that open, I heard the crowd yell before the ball was even thrown. I was like, ‘Oh, I've got to catch this or it's going to be ugly,'" Clear said. "But I concentrated, hauled it in and was able to get to the end zone."
Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier was ready to take a shot downfield after noticing a few tendencies from the North Texas defense.
"Their plan was to come in there and take away the short passing game and the running game, so we had to stretch the field a little bit," he said. "Our staff did a good job of making some adjustments."
The catch was only the fourth of Clear's Clemson career. But he shared the individual moment as a team achievement.
"I'm just glad I was able to get in there, get the ball to the ref and celebrate with my teammates," Clear said. "It's a team game. Together, we achieve more. I was really happy to be out there with the guys and make a big play."
With all of the questions surrounding the wide receiver core, he believes the group only needs to prove themselves to their teammates.
"The only thing we have to prove is to our other teammates that we have their back…it's about those guys in the locker room and what they need from us and what they need us to be," Clear said. "That's what we did. We got our job done today."
One of three ‘X' wide receivers to play in Saturday's game, Clear said he's still looking to get better as the Tigers head into week two.
"I have a lot to work on. That was a great play, but it was just one play," he said. "That was actually my first touchdown [at Clemson], so I had never been there before. It had been a while since I'd been there, actually since high school."
Plenty of work to do
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