Defensive Spring Notes


  by - Radio Host - Monday, April 6, 2015 9:21 AM
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Defensive Spring Notes
The media gets limited practice access to Clemson football these days, but we still have been able to find some tidbits. Last week we gave some notes on the offense. Below are some things I have heard this spring on the defense:

*Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
So. Defensive End
#90 6-3, 269
Central, SC

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has emerged as a leader. I think he understands this year that he is in the spotlight. He can make himself a lot of money in the NFL Draft if he has a big junior season.

*I think the staff trusts Kevin DoddKevin Dodd
RS Jr. Defensive End
#98 6-5, 275
Taylors, SC

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. The potential is there. He has some of the measurables. The issue is a lack of experience, but at this point there is a clear separation between Dodd and the others. He is set to have a big role in the defense.

*Depth is an issue at defensive end because of a lack of experience, but there is some ability there. Albert HugginsAlbert Huggins
Fr. Defensive Line
#67 6-3, 280
Orangeburg, SC

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, Ebo Ogundeko, Chris RegisterChris Register
RS Fr. Outside Linebacker
#45 6-2, 245
Browns Summit, NC

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and Richard YearginRichard Yeargin
RS Fr. Defensive End
#49 6-4, 225
Lauderdale Lakes, FL

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have shown some signs but who knows how each will react when their name is called?

*Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
RS Jr. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 295
Mooresboro, NC

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and DJ Reader have played a lot of football so far, so experience is not a huge concern with the starters at defensive tackle. Scott PaganoScott Pagano
RS So. Defensive Tackle
#56 6-3, 295
Honolulu, HI

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and Jabril RobinsonJabril Robinson
RS Fr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-3, 255
Leland, NC

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are currently second teamers, but I just get the feeling Christian WilkinsChristian Wilkins
Fr. Defensive Tackle
# 6-5, 305
Longmeadow, CT

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will have a say when he arrives this summer.

*The linebacking corps will certainly miss Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Linebacker (2011 - 2014)
#42 6-3, 245
Polkton, NC

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and Tony StewardTony Steward
Linebacker (2011 - 2014)
#7 6-, 235
Hastings, FL

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, but the experience of Ben BoulwareBen Boulware
Jr. Outside Linebacker
#10 6-0, 235
Anderson, SC

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and BJ Goodson has shown up this spring. The staff has some talent with the younger players, but, again, trust is an issue until they see the field. Dorian O'DanielDorian O'Daniel
RS So. Linebacker
#6 6-2, 215
Olney, MD

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gained some of that trust in his freshman year. Kendall JosephKendall Joseph
RS Fr. Linebacker
#34 5-11, 225
Belton, SC

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and Korrie Rogers have caught the attention of the staff.

*In the secondary, the big issue is the corner opposite of Mackensie AlexanderMackensie Alexander
RS So. Cornerback
#2 5-10, 190
Immokalee, FL

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. Cordrea Tankersly is the most experienced. Ryan CarterRyan Carter
RS So. Cornerback
#31 5-9, 180
Grayson, GA

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has made a jump and is in contention for playing time. True freshman Kaleb ChalmersKaleb Chalmers
Fr. Cornerback
#14 6-0, 180
Greenwood, SC

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has impressed. Like Wilkins at defensive tackle, I want to see Mark FieldsMark Fields
Fr. Cornerback
# 5-10, 185
Cornelius, NC

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in the fall. At safety, Jayron KearseJayron Kearse
Jr. Safety
#20 6-4, 210
Fort Myers, FL

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is the leader and has continued to make big plays. The staff has moved him around this spring. Jadar JohnsonJadar Johnson
Jr. Defensive Back
#18 6-0, 200
Orangeburg, SC

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has been banged up. TJ Green and Jefferie GibsonJefferie Gibson
RS Fr. Safety
#17 6-4, 200
Hope Mills, NC

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look great physically but have a lot to learn. Van SmithVan Smith
Fr. Defensive Back
#23 6-2, 170
Cornelius, NC

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has caught observers' eyes with his big hits. I would not be surprised to see him avoid a redshirt season.

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Defensive Tackle (2008 - 2011)
#98 6-2, 310
Thomasville, GA

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Linebacker
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Offensive Line (2012 - 2013)
#71 6-5, 275
Spartanburg, SC

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