Clemson Defensive Backs


  by - Radio Host - 2012-08-20 11:34:33.0
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Clemson Defensive Backs
The Tigers struggled in the secondary last season allowing 218 yards per game through the air. This was up from the 192 they allowed per game in 2010. In 2009 the Tigers allowed only 163 per game. Last year was the most passing yards allowed per game since 2001 when Clemson gave up 240 yards per game. In fact, last season Clemson allowed over 3,000 yards passing for the first time in school history.

Cornerbacks
Bashaud BreelandBashaud Breeland
RS So. Cornerback
#17 6-0, 185
Allendale, SC

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started seven games and played in all 14 contest as a red-shirt freshman last year. He played 643 snaps and recorded 53 tackles and four PBUs. Breeland had two picks last year including the one against Maryland that turned the game around. He is a big corner that plays physical and excels in his run support. One issue Breeland had last season was with smaller wide outs that were quicker in the open field. Like several Clemson secondary guys last year Breeland also had a hard time making plays when the ball was in the air.

Darius RobinsonDarius Robinson
Jr. Cornerback
#21 5-11, 170
College Park, GA

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is a red-shirt junior that has played 18 games and started six. He is much smaller than Breeland and covers a little better in my opinion. In his 419 snaps, Robinson has accounted for 20 tackles and two interceptions. He started six of the first nine games last year but was injured and missed three straight games towards the end of the year. Robinson's struggles will always come with bigger, stronger wide outs.

Cortez DavisCortez Davis
RS Fr. Cornerback
#29 6-3, 195
Daytona Beach, FL

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is the biggest cornerback on the roster at 6-3 and 195 pounds. The former four-star prospect red-shirted last season but will get a chance to play for the first time this season.

Martin JenkinsMartin Jenkins
Jr. Defensive Back
#14 5-9, 175
Roswell, GA

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is a true junior that has played 25 games and started three so far in his career. He is a veteran of 366 snaps and has 36 tackles. Jenkins plays hard and is much more physical than his size might indicate. He is in the running for a starting spot but has been bothered by a hip flexor throughout fall camp. The staff is trying to decide on his playing status in regard to his injury. Red-shirting is a possibility.

Garry PetersGarry Peters
RS So. Defensive Back
#26 5-11, 190
Conyers, GA

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is a red-shirt sophomore that played in 11 games last year but mostly on special teams. He played only 12 snaps last season. This former four-star prospect has played both safety and corner but may play corner full-time if Jenkins can't go.

Safeties
Rashard HallRashard Hall
Gr. Safety
#31 6-1, 210
St. Augustine, FL

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is a senior safety that is coming off of knee surgery in the winter. His recovery is a key for this secondary. I saw Hall in three practices this fall and could not tell any side affects of the surgery. Last season he really struggled changing directions on his bad knee. Hall has started 31 of the 40 games he has played in his career. He could break the school record for the most starts at safety. He has 217 tackles and ten picks. Those ten interceptions are tied for 14th in school history and are second among active players in the ACC. Hall's knee is one of the biggest key's to this season.

Jonathan MeeksJonathan Meeks
Sr. Safety
#5 6-1, 210
Rock Hill, SC

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enters his senior season as a mystery. This time last season the staff felt he was ready to become a dominant player. Apparently the staff was not satisfied as Meeks did not start the final four regular season games last year. The senior has played in 37 games and has started 11. He is a veteran of over 1,000 snaps and has five picks in his career. However, Meeks was not a dominating safety as a junior. Hopefully he will become much more productive in his final campaign.

Xavier BrewerXavier Brewer
RS Sr. Defensive Back
#9 5-11, 190
Jacksonville, FL

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enters his senior season as the second most experienced defensive back. Brewer has 23 starts in his 40 games. He has logged over 1,500 snaps in his career. Brewer has played corner, safety, nickel and dime. He has seen more time at safety but I wonder if he moves to corner more if Jenkins can't play because of the hip flexor.

Robert SmithRobert Smith
So. Safety
#27 5-11, 210
St. George, SC

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was forced into action as a true freshman when Hall was out for the Wofford game. He played 31 snaps in that game but only 28 the rest of the season. The staff has commented on his progress this fall camp and feel more comfortable with him as a sophomore.

Ronald Geohagen is a true freshman that might red-shirt this season unless injuries force him into action. Because Clemson has three safeties that are seniors this season, Geohagen will have a great chance at playing time in 2013.

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