By Heath Bradley.
The wide receiver position at Clemson, thought by many as one of the top receiving corps in the nation has a perfect mix of veteran and young talent. One of those veteran players is redshirt senior Jaron brown.
While Brown may not be the high-octane player Sammy Watkins is, or the physical intimidating receiver Nuk Hopkins is, there is one word that defines Jaron Brown, consistent. Brown plays a key role as a steady target for quarterback Tajh Boyd. A target that should get even more touches the first few weeks of the season during the suspension of Sammy Watkins.
Brown understands that picking up what the offense will lose from Watkins suspension is not a job for one man, but a job for the entire group.
“We are all going to have to step up, not just myself, but the whole receiving corps as a group. I know those guys are working hard in practice everyday, it is challenge that we are going to just have to go out there and do it.” Brown is confident in his game, as well as his teammates and knows that they have the ability to make all the plays necessary for the Tigers to come away victorious. “We have go out there and make plays.”
“Playmakers” is the correct term for this receiving corps in year two under Chad Morris. With so many talented players, it is scary to think that receivers could have a bigger year in 2012 than in 2011.
However, this is what Brown expects from himself as well as his teammates. “The guys around here pretty much have a good grasp on the system with a year under their belt. We should be able to play a lot faster and react sooner. “
Lacing up his cleats for one final season as a Tiger has been a motivating factor for Brown this offseason. He has worked hard this offseason to improve all facets of his game. “I worked to be more consistent catching the ball. I also wanted to work on running routes better and run blocking better.” Brown understands that nothing will determine the success of this team more than their work in this fall camp. “Our season is going to be based on this off season.” With the hard work that Brown and his fellow receivers have put in this offseason, expect the offense to improve in 2012, even after a record setting season in 2011.