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Collins believes Tigers’ offense will need to ‘strap up’ vs. Notre Dame

Katie Bradham, Photo Editor

Clemson wide receiver Beaux Collins (80) runs toward the end zone against Louisiana Tech at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 17, 2022. 

Heading into the Tigers’ Week 10 matchup with Notre Dame, Clemson wide receiver Beaux Collins is locked in on his main objective as a player: winning.
While Collins has a team-high five receiving touchdowns and 290 yards this season, in the last two games, he has been quiet on the field, recording no touches against Florida State and Syracuse.
It has been difficult for the 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore to receive the ball, but that hasn’t stopped him from playing selflessly.
Speaking to the media on Monday, Collins emphasized that the Tigers will need to work to get open against an experienced Notre Dame secondary that plays lots of man coverage. 
“They’re just pretty physical and experienced,” Collins said. “We just have to strap up for this game.”
The last time the Tigers faced Notre Dame was in 2020. Clemson fell short in the first game between the two teams in a 47-40, double-overtime loss. The second matchup was in the ACC Championship game, where the Tigers won handily, 34-10.
Collins was not a part of the team that year, so he’s excited about the opportunity.
“It’s a dream to play at South Bend,” he said. “I’ve visited up there before and things like that. It is going to be a great atmosphere.”
Compared to 2021, the Tigers have made significant strides in their offensive production, and as a result, the receivers appear to be thriving off each other’s success. 
Speaking on that cohesiveness in the wide receiver room, Collins discussed the receivers’ success and how they will continue to push forward in the upcoming battle at South Bend, Indiana, against the Fighting Irish.
One of those receivers who has produced alongside Collins is true freshman Antonio Williams. Williams, primarily a slot receiver, has 29 receptions for 364 yards, both team-high marks for Clemson.
“He (Williams) was born with a lot of ability that I personally have not seen before, and it is amazing to see him go out there and have fun… he is a special case,” Collins said.
Meanwhile, Collins is confident in quarterback DJ Uiagalelei to bounce back after getting benched against Syracuse. After all, Uiagalelei is not facing uncharted territory against Notre Dame. 
“He’ll be a little down on himself, but when he comes in on Monday, even Sundays when I see him, he’s already past it,” Collins said. “He’s in good spirits, so I am never worried about him.”
Collins and the rest of the Tigers will face off against the Fighting Irish on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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