Tigers' young WRs will start out at one spot, move on to cross-trained versatility

Dabo Swinney: 'After spring ball and all the reps and training they'll get, as we go into the summer it will make more sense to them'

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Clemson wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott is seen here during practice at the Clemson Football Indoor Practice Facility last seasson.

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INDEPENDENT MAIL FILE PHOTO Clemson wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott is seen here during practice at the Clemson Football Indoor Practice Facility last seasson.

Pick a spot, any spot, and Dabo Swinney believes his Tigers have more than one wide receiver who get the job done.

There's power in numbers, but even more versatility, as the Tigers build their 2014 receiving core around veterans Adam Humphries and Charone Peake.

Peake, who'll rejoin the mix next summer after completing his rehab from an ACL injury, stands as the end result of three years of cross-training.

"Charone Peake can play anywhere, and he has played everywhere," Swinney said recently. "He could be a great 2, and he's played a lot of 5 and he's played a lot of 9. He's the guy who'll be the final piece once he gets back in the fall."

In Clemson's offensive terminology the 9 and 5 are split receivers, with the 9 lining farthest from the quarterback, while the 2 is the slot receiver.

Like Peake, Humphries has played extensively at all three positions.

This spring, Clemson's first-semester freshmen are working primarily at one spot.

"We'll start with Kyrin Priester at the 9-spot, with Demarre Kitt at 5," Swinney said. "Kitt's going to be a 5 and a 9, but with the young guys, you have to teach them one thing first, and then you grow from there. So Kitt will be at the 5 this spring with (Germone) Hopper, and Kyrin at the 9 with Mike Williams.

"Artavis Scott will be at the two-spot with Adam."

Eventually, Swinney expects Priester and Kitt to be "interchangeable."

"Artavis and Adam and Hopper will all cross-train at the 2 and the 5 as we get into it," he said. "You're going to see Artavis in different spots as he goes through his career."

When he arrives this summer, Trevion Thompson will work first at the 9-spot and then cross-train for the 5.

"He'll be a 9-man and a 5-man," Swinney said. "I don't really see him as a 2."

The bottom line is that after the Tigers' restocking effort, Swinney believes Clemson is now well-equipped to cover all its wide receiver needs.

"We have good personnel there, and now we just have to coach 'em up," Swinney said. "It's a blessing to be able to have three of the freshmen here now.

"After spring ball and all the reps and training they'll get, as we go into the summer it will make more sense to them and they'll be so much more prepared by the time we start camp in August."

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