CLEMSON -- Besides the kicker position, where redshirt freshman Chandler Catanzaro will likely open the season as the Clemson's placekicker, the greatest position of intrigue is wide receiver.
Of the three receiver positions listed as part of Clemson's base offense, only Marquan Jones has solidified a starting position for the opener against North Texas next Saturday.
Brandon Clear, Terrance Ashe, Jaron Brown and Xavier Dye are all listed as co-starters at the outside receiver spots.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said the group will being the season sharing snaps, but offensive coordinator Billy Napier indicated Thursday he would to like to settle on starters early in the season for the sake of offensive continuity.
"I think we did that last year," Napier said. "Around the fourth or fifth game we decided these are the guys that are accountable, they know what to do, how to do it and are productive when given opportunities. Last year we got to a situation where we played three or four guys and that was it. I anticipate that happening (this fall)."
The camp began with Ashe and Dye listed as starters, but Brown and Clear's play has forced a co-ownership of the position.
"I still think they are seeking consistency and production," Napier said. "But at the same time they have shown flashes. The biggest thing we have competition. … It's a situation at this point where it's week to week. Who is going to show up and prepare and make plays in practice?"
Napier said freshman receiver DeAndre Hopkins still has a ways to go before becoming significantly involved.
"He's a guy who doesn't quite get it yet," Napier said. "Every meeting, every detail, every opportunity to listen and learn is critical. Until he gets slapped in the face like 'whoa, this is legit,' he is going to be who he is. That is the way most young players are."
Swinney has promised to make no promises regarding his backup quarterback's playing time. Last season Swinney said former quarterback Willy Korn would play in every game, and Korn voiced some frustration when he began to not appear in some contests.
The staff wants new backup Tajh Boyd to play early this season, as Clemson has no experience beyond Parker at quarterback. Ideally the staff would like Boyd to log considerable time against North Texas and Presbyterian.
"Whenever we get a game in hand, No. 10 will run out there," Napier said. "If it's a good year, he'll be able to do that a lot."
Clemson began Thursday's practice with former agent William "Tank" Black addressing the players. The talk was part of Swinney's agent education program. … Swinney also talked about legendary NFL defensive tackle Joe Greene, who played at North Texas in the 1960s. Swinney could have also mentioned another prominent North Texas alum, the musician Meat Loaf.