CUTigers publisher Roy Philpott reflects on the first time Sammy Watkins stepped foot on campus and…
Preseason camp preview: WR (2)
Damaris Johnson, the nation's all-purpose yardage leader, occupied the role while Chad Morris, served as the offensive coordinator at Tulsa. Germone Hopper, a 2012 commitment, has been recruited specifically for the position.
1. Sammy Watkins, Fr.
2010: As a senior at South Fort Myers High School in Fort Myers, Fla., Watkins hauled 54 catches for 1,268 yards and 12 touchdowns.
This spring: Scout.com ranked Watkins as the No. 5 wide receiver in the class of 2011. He was also rated as a five-star prospect.
Heading into the fall: Watkins enters Clemson as one of the top signees in the 2011 class, if not the best. Given Clemson's lack of playmaking ability at wide receiver last season, he'll immediately push for a starting position and will avoid a redshirt this fall.
2. Marquan Jones, Sr.
2010: Jones had the most productive season of his career with 21 catches for 184 yards. He also returned four kicks for 62 yards.
This spring: It was a fairly quiet spring for Jones, as was the case for most wide receivers who were around for practice. In the Orange and White game, he hauled in a respectable three receptions for 71 yards.
Heading into the fall: Likely the starter heading into the season opener, Jones will have to fend off a heavy push from Watkins, who could be the starter by mid-year.
3. Bryce McNeal, RS So.
2010: In his first season on the field at Clemson, McNeal had 19 catches for 187 yards and four carries for seven yards.
This spring: It was a disappointing spring for McNeal, who dealt with some non-football related issues off the field. McNeal had one catch for two yards in the Orange & White game.
Heading into the fall: McNeal will need to get off to a hot start in preseason camp if he's going to be able to hold his own on the depth chart. If not, his snaps could be at a premium once the season rolls around. Has good speed, but needs to develop more presence on the field with his blocking and route running.
4. Joe Craig, RS Fr.
2010: Craig spent his freshman season with a redshirt. Towards the end of the season, coaches lamented the fact that they could have used his world-class speed to stretch the field vertically.
This spring: Heading into spring practice, Craig's name was one of the hottest on the team. But his production on the field didn't quite live up to the hype. In the game, he had no catches and one carry for -1 yard.
Heading into the fall: Craig was suspended from summer workouts after an altercation with a member of the women's track team and his status for this season has not been determined. No player returning from last season's roster possess the kind of game breaking speed that Craig brings to the table. He could be a valuable weapon in Morris' offense.
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