Sep 12, 2015; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Artavis Scott (3) celebrates after scoring a touchdown while being defended by Appalachian State Mountaineers defensive back Mondo Williams (4) during the second half at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
Because the passing game hasn’t lived up to the hype thus far, it’s hard to assess how dangerous this receiving corp can be based off of this season. However, if you look at last season’s numbers, it’s easy to see that this group is no joke. Artavis Scott and Mike Williams didn’t have much experience before last season, but they burst on to the scene as some of the best receivers in the country. Scott hauled in 76 passes for 965 yards and eight touchdowns while Williams made 57 grabs for 1,030 yards and six scores.
Fortunately for Notre Dame’s secondary, Williams was injured in the first game of the season, and he won’t be playing Saturday. However, Scott is going to be the out on the field, and the Irish need to make sure he’s locked down. Outside of Scott, there aren’t many receivers that are going to consistently be a threat. Charone Peake is replacing Williams out wide, but he hasn’t contributed much catching just seven passes for 110 yards. The other receiver, who can potentially be a problem for Notre Dame in the slot is freshman Ray-Ray McCloud. He’s a quick receiver that could be a handful for the nickelback. He’s second on the team in receiving with 13 catches for 113 yards.
There isn’t much tape on this receiving corp in 2015, but they’re nonetheless a talented group with the potential to shred Notre Dame’s defense if VanGorder isn’t careful.
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