Despite dropped TD, Dabo Swinney believes Charone Peake is ready to shine

'It was like a layup, or one of them little short putts, those gimmes, that you just sort of take for granted a little bit'

Clemson Tigers wide receiver Charone Peake (19) bobbles a catch in the first quarter.

Clemson Tigers wide receiver Charone Peake (19) bobbles a catch in the first quarter.

Dabo Swinney is convinced that Charone Peake is a great player, and that he’ll make his impact sooner rather than later.

The plan was for it to happen on Saturday.

Instead, the freshman wide receiver from Roebuck, SC experienced a bit of a nightmare.

First he dropped a wide-open touchdown pass – a 99.9 percenter.

Then he got rudely slammed to earth for a big loss when Boston College blew up a double reverse.

Swinney said that while what happened on the reserve wasn’t Peake’s fault, he saw the dropped TD pass as an important teachable moment in the young player’s career.

Dabo on Peake's dropped TD catch

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“I went over there and told him ‘that won’t be the last ball you’ll ever drop, so let’s learn from it,” Swinney said. “First of all, you’re wide open. It was like a layup, or one of them little short putts, those gimmes, that you just sort of take for granted a little bit.

“Charone has great hands and is a great player, and we really want to get him going. That was a missed opportunity for him. But I told him just to finish it with his eyes. When you’re that wide-open, you just stay dialed in on your fundamentals and finish it with your eyes before you start planning your celebration dance.

“He’ll be fine – I told him that he’s going to have a million opportunities. Put it behind you and don’t let it affect the next play.”

Soon enough, Swinney believes Peake will shine.

“Doggone it, we run the reverse with him and we don’t do a good job at the line of scrimmage and he gets sacked,” Swinney said. “So he had a rough day. But he’ll come back and we’re going to keep involving him.

“We really, really like Charone. He’s as talented as anybody we’ve got out there.”

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