Deon Cain may be gone, but the sky is not falling from Clemson's perspective.
Despite losing one of their top receivers for violating team rules, Dabo Swinney didn’t seem too concerned with finding production to supplement was what lost after sending the freshman wide receiver home.
In fact, he already had an answer.
“Charone Peake is our starting wide receiver,” Swinney said. “So, nothing changes there and Trevion Thompson is the backup. Both of those guys would have played a lot anyway.”
Swinney told the media Wednesday morning that Peake will see more time on the field due to Cain’s suspension. But it’s hard to even that Clemson won’t really miss Cain. Through 12 games, the freshman caught 34 passes for 584 yards and five touchdowns.
However, the team has proven that they have more than enough talent in its wide receiving corps leaving ACC Player of the Year Deshaun Watson with little to worry about.
“No reaction,” Swinney said when asked about how Watson reacted to Cain’s suspension. “Just went to practice. Just more balls for Charone.”
But Peake sin’t the only one that will see more targets.
Clemson will also likely utilize Jordan Leggett to make up for the offensive output they’be lost. The tight end has just as many catches as Cain (34) for 442 yards while leading the Tigers in receiving touchdowns with seven on the year. Fans should also expect to see Ray-Ray Cloud and Hunter Refrozen in the mix. And don’t forget about Artavis Scott. With a team-high 84 catches for 805 yards and five touchdowns, it’s a no-brainier that Watson’s favorite target will see more passes thrown his way as well.
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