When you play big-time college football, the opportunities for a player come few and far between. So when a window of opportunity cracks open and a spot on the depth chart is up in the air, a player has to make the most of it.
Such is the case for Clemson wide receiver Trevion Thompson. With former stars Mike Williams and Artavis Scott off to the NFL, the redshirt junior has a chance to earn some significant playing time this fall. So far, as the Tigers wind down spring drills this week, Thompson has taken advantage of those opportunities.
In last Wednesday’s scrimmage, he hauled in two touchdown passes and gained praise from his head coach, and on Monday he continued his consistent play, including two spectacular catches in Clemson’s mini-scrimmage.
Even with guys like Cornell Powell, Diondre Overton and T.J. Chase making plays themselves, Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott says Thompson has stood out this fall.
“He has had as good of spring as any of those guys,” the Clemson coach said. “The biggest thing for him is that we have moved him around. He has played some 9-man (boundary position) behind Deon (Cain).”
Thompson has played the slot position as well behind Hunter Renfrow this spring.
“That is the one thing I really like about Trevion. He is a versatile guy that can play two positions,” Scott said. “He is not locked into just one spot. Because he has been around, he knows the offense in and out.”
Last year, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound receiver had 11 catches for 108 yards before breaking a bone in his wrist in the ACC Championship Game that forced him to miss the College Football Playoff Semifinal win over Ohio State and the victory over Alabama in the National Championship Game.
“For him it has been about being able to stay healthy,” Scott said. “He has made some good progress but unfortunately he has got an injury here or there, but he made several big-time catches today. He continues to catch our eyes and hopefully that will continue this week.”
Clemson will practice again on Wednesday before concluding the spring with the annual Orange & White Spring Game on Saturday in Death Valley. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
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