Based on their collective performance on Saturday, and complemented by the likes of Adam Humphries and Germone Hopper, it's hard to imagine anyone fielding a better core group of wide receivers next fall than Clemson.
Quarterbacks Cole Stoudt (24), Nick Schuessler (34), Donny McElveen (11) and Chad Kelly (7) put the ball in the air 76 times, collectively, so there were plenty of opportunities for the Tigers' pass-catchers to show their stuff.
Watkins showed his form, and his ability to read and find holes in coverage, to the tune of seven receptions, 156 yards and two touchdowns. Peake led all receivers with eight catches, while Bryant had seven (as did freshman tight end Jordan Leggett). Hopper added five catches and Humphries grabbed two passes for 77 yards, including a touchdown.
Bryant was spectacular, making a series of tough catches in traffic and on the sideline. His teammates say that's been the norm all spring.
Also promising was the running of Zac Brooks and D.J. Howard, who combined for 92 yards on 14 carries. Likely starter Rod McDowell played sparingly, and carried the ball just three times.
On the offensive line, coach Dabo Swinney said he saw good things from Isaiah Battle and Eric Mac Lain, among others.
The secondary gave up too many big plays, but the coaches seemed generally satisfied with the performance of both Robert Smith and Travis Blanks at safety, and of Darius Robinson, Martin Jenkins and Garry Peters at cornerback. Bashaud Breeland didn't play on Saturday because of an ankle injury.
Jadar Johnson and Ronald Geohaghan had their moments, good and bad, and Swinney says both walk-ons Taylor Watson and Dante Stewart will help the Tigers this season.
The defensive line performed at a high level, as expected. Corey Crawford and Vic Beasley showed a clear edge over their younger teammates at defensive end, but everyone had flashes.
Rising sophomore linebacker B.J. Goodson showed his nose for the football with 13 tackles, while Robert Smith and DeShawn Williams had seven each.
Grady Jarrett had three sacks, while Beasley, Tavaris Barnes and Williams each had two.
Kellen Jones, Robinson and Blanks intercepted passes. Jones returned his for 44 yards.
Kicker Bradley Pinion got a workout, as he handled kickoffs, punts and field goals. He put his kickoffs into the end zone, and had field goals of 41 and 43 yards, and a punt of 58 yards. Daniel Rodriguez held on his field goal and PAT attempts.