Clemson football wide receiver Justyn Ross is going to be the alpha of the Tigers receiver group heading into the 2020 season.
Word came out this week that Clemson football starting receiver Justyn Ross is having surgery after suffering an injury during the Tigers spring practice. While that injury is still being played off by the coaching staff as nothing serious (it was a neck stinger) there has to be some level of concern given the expectations that Ross will have on his shoulders in 2020.
In the 11 full seasons that Dabo Swinney has been the head coach of Clemson football, seven of those years the leading receiver had at least 1,000 yards and six touchdowns. Here is a look at the leading receivers over those 11 seasons:
- 2009: Jacoby Ford – 779 yards and 6 touchdowns
- 2010: Deandre Hopkins – 637 yards and 4 touchdowns
- 2011: Sammy Watkins – 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns
- 2012: Deandre Hopkins – 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns
- 2013: Sammy Watkins – 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns
- 2014: Mike Williams – 1,030 yards and 6 touchdowns
- 2015: Artavis Scott – 901 yards and 6 touchdowns
- 2016: Mike Williams – 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns
- 2017: Deon Cain – 734 yards and 6 touchdowns
- 2018: Justyn Ross – 1,000 yards and 9 touchdowns
- 2019: Tee Higgins – 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns
Over/Under: 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns
If this is indeed going to be Justyn Ross’s last season in a Clemson football uniform, he has to make it a special one – provided he is actually healthy. Ross had a ton of expectations placed on him after his performances in the 2019 College Football Playoff’s (2018 season) and failed to live up to them as a sophomore.
While it may be unfair to say he looked disinterested at times in 2019, which is exactly what it looked like. His routes were not as crisp and he dropped a lot of balls that he did not drop as a freshman.
Ross is more than capable of collecting 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. If he is healthy and ready to play ball this coming fall, he can help this Clemson football offense to success that has never been seen before.