The Clemson Tigers will be poised for a major run in 2013 as they take aim at an ACC title and BCS National Championship. They have a quarterback in Tajh Boyd who looks like one of the best in the country, a wide receiver in Sammy Watkins looking for a return to his elite freshman status of 2011 and a running game that is bound to be a dynamic part of the offense once again. Could Martavis Bryant be the added piece that takes the whole offense to the next level next fall?
Bryant saw limited action in 2012, catching just 10 passes in 10 games, but he was able to make the most of each catch. He racked up 305 yards with four touchdowns, giving him a preposterous 30.5 yards per catch average making him a potent deep threat (though in an admittedly small sample size). Bryant has put in the work to turn that small sample size into a legitimate part of the offense, turning in a strong spring session.
And there will be plenty of opportunity for Bryant to move up the depth chart. Three of the top four receivers from 2012 are gone, leaving just Watkins with more receiving yards from last season. Boyd will be looking to take the next step under center and he will need receivers to break open defenses. Watkins is the clear No. 1 option for the Tigers’ passing attack, but a secondary option would be vital for the viability of the offense.
In short bursts, Bryant showed the explosiveness to be a real home-run threat for the Clemson attack. Can he put it together and break out in 2013?