No. 6 not a bad No. 2

CLEMSON - Sammy Watkins may receive a majority of the national attention but DeAndre Hopkins just might be the best No. 2 receiver in the country.

As Tajh Boyd's second-favorite option in 2011, Hopkins caught 72 passes for 978 yards and five touchdowns.

Hopkins and Boyd were paired up on the White team in last weekend's Orange and White spring game and Boyd threw to him early and often. Of Boyd's 20 completions, seven were to Hopkins.

The rising junior wide receiver hauled in a game-high seven passes for 120 yards and a score.

"It felt great to be the go-to receiver," Hopkins said after the annual scrimmage. "I just want to be a guy that can be accountable, whenever my number is called. I was today."

It was a solid spring for Hopkins, who's caught 124 passes for 1,615 yards and nine touchdowns in his first two seasons at Clemson. He was voted as the spring's most improved wide receiver.

"I bought in to everything, the strength training coaches and from the coaches. I just want to be a great player, not a good player," Hopkins said. "I did what I had to do. I'm still not where I want to be, but I'm still working to get there."

But he's not done yet. Hopkins admitted that he's a work in progress.

"Just being a complete player all around, really, nothing specific. Just building team camaraderie and going out there and working, 7-on-7, throwing with Tajh [Boyd] and the receivers, just building chemistry," Hopkins said.

Unlike last summer, a majority of the wide receiver corps will be on campus for the entire summer. He thinks that will allow the Clemson passing attack to improve in 2012.

"It's going to be great. [Boyd] is going to know what we're doing in the game by just looking at us and giving us a signal," Hopkins said. "It's all about the chemistry out here on this field. You can call it in the playbook, but we've got team chemistry. When guys have chemistry, it helps out a lot.

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