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Pair of freshman receivers impressing early-on in 2022

Matt Mynes, Asst. Photo Editor

Clemson wide receiver Antonio Williams (0) makes a catch and runs to the sideline against Georgia Tech at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sept. 5, 2022. 

Clemson offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter addressed the media on Monday and had many positive things to say about two of his young wide receivers,  Antonio Williams and Adam Randall.
Both true freshmen, the pair has much hype surrounding them as potential impact players for the Tigers this season.
For Williams, he impressed Streeter and his staff in the pre-season with just how polished of a player he was and how he was able to adapt to the college game.
Although the former four-star recruit has been listed as the backup slot receiver, he has seen the field early and often. 
“The kid has no fear,” Streeter said. “He came in here with a great work ethic, learned our offense, really understands the big picture, and that allows him to play fast, and he’s not afraid of any situation.”
Through the Tigers’ first two games of this season, Williams has lived up to the hype of his coaching staff, reeling in seven receptions for 76 yards. 
“It’s fun to watch him play,” Streeter added. “It’s fun to watch him succeed and make several plays in his first two games.”
Meanwhile, Randall has yet to see any game action, as he suffered a torn ACL back in April. The rehab process has gone well, and he is expected to make his college debut against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
“Just excited about that kid,” Streeter said of Randall. “I’m just really, really excited for his progress and how fast he’s returned. He’s done some really good stuff in practice, and he’s ready to go.”
Like Williams, Randall also impressed coaches with his play style and progression to the college level.
“Everything he’s shown us is that his confidence is sky high,” Streeter continued. “He’s a very physical and fast player that had an unbelievable spring until he got hurt. I feel like his confidence is great, and he’s going to do some good things.”
Williams, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, and Randall, 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, are seen as potential big-time contributors because of the different complementary play styles they bring to the table.
“Antonio, he’s got that quick, short distance quickness and really can separate,” Streeter said. “Whereas Adam is more of a strong guy that can create separation through his physicality.” 
While Williams and Randall each have their own style of play, they share a similarity in how they impressed the coaching staff with their knowledge of the game.
“Those two are great examples of guys that understand the big picture at a young age,” Streeter said. “They know what they need to be doing in order to get open and how to get open.”
It’s clear that Streeter wants to include both Williams and Randall in Clemson’s game plan as two dynamic athletes that can make plays with their speed and physicality. 
With conference play approaching, Clemson is expecting Williams and Randall to help elevate the Tigers’ offense from a year ago and be instant impact players. 

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