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Competition at wide receiver heating up

Deon Cain, Ray-Ray McCloud and Hunter Renfrow are in line to be Clemson’s new leaders at wide receiver, but there are some new guys that are starting to make some noise this spring.

Clemson co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jeff Scott likes what he has seen from players Cornwell Powell, T.J. Chase, Diondre Overton and Trevion Thompson.

“We have a lot of competition also at that wide receiver position,” Scott said happily. “We are moving guys around.”

Powell, who caught 12 passes for 87 yards, is one guy that has really caught Scott’s eye. The Clemson coach said the 6-foot, 200-pound wide receiver has taken the next step.

“He is very strong,” Scott said. “You have been able to see the progress you would have hoped coming from the fall to the spring. I think he has a very high ceiling.”

Another guy that has been impressive is Chase. After redshirting last year, he has put himself into position to really compete this spring.

“T.J. Chase is another guy that does not get talked about a lot,” Scott said. “He redshirted last year and part of the reason he redshirted was because he was 165 and now he is 193 in just about eight months.”

Scott said Chase has already made a lot of plays this spring and on Friday he was working with the second team.

“He looked like he belonged in that group,” Scott said.

According to Scott, Overton had his best day on Friday, and has had a few moments and flashes here and there.

“It is little bit tougher for him because he is 6-foot-5, and he is a big target,” Scott said. “He is very competitive in the man-to-man matchups. He has to continue to work on his releases. I’m really proud of how all three of those guys competed today.”

Though Thompson is more of a veteran player compared to the other three, he is coming back from a wrist injury in the ACC Championship Game that forced him to miss the Fiesta Bowl and the National Championship Game. Scott admitted he was not sure how Thompson was going to respond from the injury this spring.

“He has not backed down at all,” the Clemson coach said. “I had a few questions in my mind on how he would attack the ball. Would he do different things? Would he try to catch the ball in his body? He has competed.

“Trevion has been a guy that can move around. He is playing both the five-man and the nine-man. I have been trying to use some time this spring to cross train some of those guys.”

–Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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