The Clemson Tigers have featured a 1,000-yard receiver in five of the last six seasons. The responsibility of continuing that streak likely will upon junior receiver Deon Cain.
Clemson’s top three pass-catchers — Mike Williams, Jordan Leggett and Artavis Scott — have moved on. Junior receiver Hunter Renfrow is back after finishing fourth on the team with 44 receptions last season, but he was used primarily on short routes and averaged 11.25 yards per catch.
But Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is confident Cain will be his next big thing at receiver.
“Leggett was a mainstay for us, but we’ve got good tight ends. We lost Mike Williams, but we got some pretty good players coming back,” Swinney said, according to ACCSports.com. “I’ve got a guy named Deon Cain that’s played at a high level for us. It’s kind of his time.”
Cain hauled in 38 receptions last season, but he made nearly every one count, averaging 19 yards per grab. An incredible 21 of his catchers went for more than 15 yards. That helped him finish third on the team with 724 receiving yards, just behind Leggett.
It isn’t likely Cain will average as many yards per catch this season, but he probably will finish with more receptions. He should see significantly more targets since the Tigers have to replace more than half of the 5,009 receiving yards and 422 catches the team produced last season.