Adam Humphries can do it all.
He'll be asked for that, and perhaps more, when he steps into Charone Peake's starting spot for Clemson's game Thursday night against N.C. State at Raleigh.
"Adam is a special player," said Dabo Swinney. "We felt like we came into the season with four starters. Charone was playing both the 'five' and 'nine,' and Adam was playing the 'five' and 'two.' We're very fortunate to have someone like Adam to put in there."
The lightly-recruited Humphries has been a productive performer ever since he first stepped on the practice field at Clemson.
Swinney says Humphries is a special talent.
"He has great speed, and he's quick as all get-out," Swinney said. "He has great hands, and he's instinctive. He has good size, and he's strong. When you walk up on Adam, you see that he's put together.
"He's just the epitome of a football player. Adam is going to play in the NFL. He's a legit 4.4 guy with great lateral quickness. He's got a passion and a fire for the game that all great players have. He's a team-first guy, and he's made play after play after play for us."
Humphries first caught Swinney's eye when the Tigers were recruiting Peake at Dorman High in Spartanburg, S.C. He went to see the Cavaliers play basketball, and while he was there to watch Peake, he couldn't take his eyes off Humphries.
"I went to see Charone, and Adam was just running the show at point guard," Swinney said. "I was sold...I knew we had to take a closer look at this guy."
Swinney said that while he's confident that the starting wide receiver spot is in good hands, the Tigers will have to have step-up seasons from their youngest receivers.
"We'll be relying on T.J. Green and Mike Williams and G-Hop (Germone Hopper) for depth," Swinney said. "And nobody talks much about Matt Porter, but he's another guy who can get the job done."
Shatley, McDowell In, Alexander Out: Swinney says he expects both offensive guard Tyler Shatley and running back Rod McDowell to be full-speed for the N.C. State game.
Shatley sat out the S.C. State game because of plantar fasciitis in his foot - an injury that had bothered him since the summer, but which 'tore' during the Georgia game.
"I was talking to (head trainer) Danny Poole about it, and he said this is the one thing you want to go ahead and tear, because once it tears, it starts to heal," Shatley said.
Swinney said McDowell, who was treated for a concussion after taking a hit during the S.C. State game, has cleared all the steps of the rehab protocol and will start on Thursday against the Wolfpack.
Another injured Tiger, highly-rated freshman cornerback Mackensie Alexander, is still on hold because of his groin injury. Swinney said Alexander will work off and on for the next two weeks, and then will be evaluated after the Wake Forest game on Sept. 28.
"We're not ready to make a (redshirt) decision on him yet," Swinney said. "He had six days off where he had to do nothing - we just shut him down. He came back and practiced last Wednesday and Thursday, and then over the weekend. He'll have more time off this weekend, and then we'll get another MRI and ultrasound. We'll evaluate him again on the Monday after the Wake Forest game and see where he is."
Swinney said that Charone Peake will undergo ACL surgery the week before the Boston College game (Oct. 12), which coincides with Clemson's fall break.
"We'll be able to give him some time without having to worry about getting back and forth to class," Swinney said. "He should be back for the spring - not with contact, but he should be able to work out in green."