Freshman receiver Germone Hopper will be ready if needed against BC

Dabo Swinney says redshirting wide-out will be available in case of 'emergency'

Clemson wide receiver Germone Hopper catches a ball during practice before kickoff at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson wide receiver Germone Hopper catches a ball during practice before kickoff at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

The plan was, and is still is, for wide receiver Germone Hopper to redshirt this season.

But as a bit of insurance against 'just in case,' Hopper will be dressed out and on the Clemson sideline on Saturday when the Tigers play Boston College.

"We will only use him in case of an emergency," said Dabo Swinney. "It is still our intention to red-shirt him.”

A groin injury to Martavis Bryant that required emergency surgery early in the week, coupled with an illness that will prevent Sammy Watkins traveling with the team to Boston, has depleted Clemson's once-deep rotation of wide receivers.

DeAndre Hopkins, Jaron Brown, Charone Peake and Adam Humphries will form Clemson's receiver rotation against the Eagles.

Next in line will be reserves Matt Porter, Daniel Rodriguez, Wes Forbush and Julian Patton. All of those players saw action against Furman two weeks ago, but none played the wide receiver position against Florida State. Rodriguez saw action on special teams against the Seminoles.

Hopper, who is from Charlotte, N.C., was Clemson's lone wide receiver signee for the 2012 recruiting class. He was ranked as the nation's No. 11 wide receiver by both Rivals and Lindy's. He rushed for more than 4,000 yards and scored 50 touchdowns during his high school career at Berry Academy. As a senior, he returned five kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns.

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4everAFanGOTIGERS writes:

Shudve been playing ... ahead of adam humphries.. only advantage adam has is experience but god-giving ability trumphs all when u tryna b an ELITE program like alabama or lsu ... wit sammy out and martavis needing surgery .. gotta have more depth then walk-ons and practice squad players.. Come coaches u gotta nothin to lose becuz no matter wat if we lose the South Carolina again??.. man u gone lose ur job regardless of wat u do take a chance and play the BEST talent and not who gets it done in practice.. becuz the scout team wins in practice too doesnt mean u wud start any of those guys

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