Charone Peake is hoping to take it easy this season.
One of the Tigers' hardest-working young players is refining his skills by repetition: easy things first.
"Catching the easy one - the ones right in front of me," said Peake on Monday, describing his primary preseason focus. "Catching more balls is the way you build confidence. Last year I was thinking too much."
Fellow sophomore receiver Adam Humphries, who's been a teammate of Peake's since ninth grade, says "no one works harder" than his friend.
"Charone stays out here 30 minutes after practice every day, just catching balls," said Humphries, "and he's really improved at that...
"I've been watching Charone since ninth grade, so I know the kind of plays he can make. But this fall camp he's really stood out. I knew he could do it, and now he's proved it to everybody out here."
Offensive coordinator Chad Morris plans to utilize both Peake and Humphries at Sammy Watkins' position against Auburn and Ball State, and he said that "cross training" will continue to give the coaches flexible options as the season progresses.
"Charone has played all over the field," said Morris. "He's been the 9-man as the single receiver, and we've used him at the 2-back and really moved him around...From spring until now, his confidence level has really grown.
"We all knew what kind of talent he had coming out of high school. He didn't play to that level last year, and a lot of it was his confidence."
Humphries said all of Clemson's wide receivers have developed a comfort level with Morris' offense.
"There's no so much chaos as last year with the new offense," Humphries said. "We're all more experienced, more comfortable, and a lot of guys are battling for spots on the depth chart.
"It's a big transition, still, because the speed of our offense is incredible. But with a year under our belts, I feel more comfortable."
"Everything's slowed down a little bit," said Peake.