Searching for Sammy's successor

Ky Priester

Sammy Watkins added a couple of chapters to the Clemson record books from the 2-position in Chad Morris' hurry-up, no huddle offense.

It's the most active of the three wide receiver positions that Morris uses [2, 5 and 9]. The 2-position, which usually lines up on the wide-side of the field before motioning, moves all over the field and takes the ball on handoffs, tosses, pitches, screens, short, intermediate and deep passes. The ideal 2-man is a blend of running back, slot receiver and outside receiver.

Spring Candidates

Adam Humphries, Senior
Humphries has played a significant amount of snaps at both the 2 and 5 positions. He spent most of his first two seasons on campus as Watkins' backup. Once Charone Peake went down for the 2013 season with a torn ACL, he was moved into the starting three at the 5-position. As a junior, Humphries caught 41 passes for 483 yards and two touchdowns.

For his career, Humphries has caught 97 passes for 893 yards and three touchdowns. He's also rushed five times for 19 yards. Humphries has logged 1,328 snaps over 40 games [15 starts] during his career.

Widely considered one of the most reliable wide receivers at Clemson over the last three seasons, he'll be the only senior wide receiver on the roster in 2014.

Germone Hopper, Redshirt Sophomore
With Humphries' move to the starting 5-spot, Hopper was able to log more playing time during his first season of action on the field. in 149 snaps, he caught 23 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns and rushed one time for five yards.

Hopper was the first player recruited to Clemson by Morris to play the position. A month before he committed, Morris showed Hopper highlights of former Tulsa receiver Damaris Johnson was used at the position.

Artavis Scott, Freshman
As a senior at East Lake High School [Tarpon Springs, Fla.], Scott rushed 67 times for 729 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 542 yards and five touchdowns. Scott finished his high school career with 980 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns. He caught 172 passes for 3,035 yards and 32.

Scott is one of three freshmen wide receivers that enrolled at Clemson in January. Not only will he compete for time at the 2-position, he could also help out in the return game.

Kyrin Priester, Freshman
Priester was committed to Georgia before changing his pledge to N.C. State. Then, he flipped to Clemson. But, before he arrived to Clemson for good, Priester had to spend a post-graduate season at Fork Union.

As a senior at Brookwood High School, Priester caught 56 passes for over 1,000 yards and 13 scores. He caught 31 passes for 565 yards and five touchdowns as a junior.

Priester will add some versatility to the wide receiver group. He could also play the 5 and 9 positions.

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