As the Clemson Tigers look ahead to 2014, they have some major holes to fill off of what was an explosive offense last season. Their biggest challenge may be in replenishing their wide receiver corps after losing dynamic playmakers like Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant to the NFL. Can Mike Williams step up this fall and fill the role of big-play threat for the Clemson offense?
As a freshman in 2013, Williams flashed some home-run ability that could help him become a bigger part of the Tigers’ attack in 2014. He finished the year with 20 receptions for 316 yards and three touchdowns. His 15.8 yards per catch average were second on the team to only Bryant and he is the second leading returning receiver this fall behind only Adam Humphries.
While Humphries is a steady receiver, recording 41 receptions for 483 yards and two touchdowns in 2013, he hasn’t shown the ability to get over the top of defenses like Williams can. At the end of the year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Humphries lead the team in receptions but Williams to lead the team in receiving yards because of what he does with the catches he makes.
Clemson has built themselves into one of the most explosive offenses in the country in recent years but will need some new stars to step up to keep that trend alive. For the Tigers to maintain their offensive excellence, they have to find a receiver with the ability to create big plays in the passing game. Can Mike Williams answer the call in 2014?