News and notes from Friday's practice


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CLEMSON – The competition for starting spots on Clemson’s offensive line continues to be a battle, with the depth chart fluid and changing with every practice.

The Clemson Tigers ran through a practice early Friday morning, and Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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said that he had David BeasleyDavid Beasley
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#68 6-4, 315
Columbus, GA

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and Shaq AnthonyShaq Anthony
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#76 6-4, 275
Williamston, SC

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working with the first team.

Beasley worked at first team left guard, while Anthony worked at first team right tackle.

“Beasley has been working with the ones the last couple of days, and where we are right now are zeroing in on he and Kalon [Davis] and letting them compete for that starting spot,” Swinney said. “Over at right tackle, with Shaq Anthony, he has been taking most of the reps with the ones since our last scrimmage. He and Joe GoreJoe Gore
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are battling for that right tackle spot. Unless something drastic changes between now and next week that is where we are zeroing in.”

He said that Ryan NortonRyan Norton
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Mauldin, SC

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– who has seen time at center as well as the guard spot – will concentrate on center.

“We are trying to get Ryan Norton confident at center,” he said. “We have been mixing him in at guard a little bit. But we are going to let these guys compete. We have to keep bringing them along. The early story of our team is the play of some redshirt freshmen and sophomores who are going to play some key roles for us.”

Beasley told us he grew up an Auburn fan – his dad actually played at Arkansas St. when former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville was there - and his home in Georgia is just 30 minutes from the Auburn campus, but said he needed to get away from him. We will have a story on him later.

Swinney said that Saturday will be big for players still trying to earn a spot.

“This will be our last live scrimmage,” Swinney said. “It is really important for some guys as to how we set the depth chart going into Monday. We have a two-a-day on Monday, but will start flipping the script pretty quickly and start getting dialed in on Auburn. Probably quicker than we did last year, and the biggest reason for that is we have so many young players.”

*Wide receiver Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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Fort Myers, FL

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– who will serve a two-game suspension to begin the season – won't make the trip to Atlanta with the team but will be at Fan Appreciation Day Sunday.

*Swinney said that Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
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#16 6-0, 190
Spartanburg, SC

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and Charone Peake will split the plays in Watkins’ spot against Auburn.

*Swinney said that the coaches will make the initial depth chart – what we should see against Auburn – Monday.

*Speaking of Watkins, Swinney was asked if any of the freshmen from this season look like they could have an impact..a la Sammy…this year, and he said that defensive tackle D.J. ReaderD.J. Reader
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#48 6-3, 305
Greensboro, NC

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has caught on quickly.

"He reminds me of Sammy in a lot of ways,” Swinney said. “A different position, but he reminds me of Sammy in how serious he is about it, how competitive he is about it, how technically sound he is, how quick he's picked up the system."


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Front Page Story: News and notes from Friday's practice
B-Meist®
Who is Humphries splitting plays with?***
Neal in NC®
Peake***
chuktwnallstar
Only one thing jumps out that sorta bugs me.
Completely Solid Orange®
My question would be, "where do you even come up with this
clover65®
All fair points, and I considered them. To answer your quest
Completely Solid Orange®
Peake dropped a few easy balls last year. His measurables
chuktwnallstar
Which drops are you talking about? I can't remember many.
Completely Solid Orange®
There aren't many because he wasn't thrown at much....
chuktwnallstar
Re: There aren't many because he wasn't thrown at much....
tigrbybirth
Re: Which drops are you talking about? I can't remember many.
martelapts
Re: Which drops are you talking about? I can't remember many.
martelapts
Re: All fair points, and I considered them. To answer your quest
Litefoot®
Re: All fair points, and I considered them. To answer your quest
sgt tiger®
I say, the one that has the better practices should start.
zettner®
Re: My question would be, "where do you even come up with this
martelapts
You're right Peake stretches the field,
RoperMtn®
But Peake will make those plays too. He's been hammered and
Completely Solid Orange®
Didn't Peake have the same opportunity to play last year as
apextiger®
I'm not at practice, but I am at games.
Completely Solid Orange®
I have no idea what games you've watched, but AH is
David78®
Re: I have no idea what games you've watched, but AH is
tigrbybirth
Re: I have no idea what games you've watched, but AH is
ParkerC2006
Re: Didn't Peake have the same opportunity to play last year as
AFtigers87®
What did I miss last year? He had 4 catches for 71, 3 drops
chuktwnallstar
Video of a catch in traffic.
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: Video of a catch in traffic.
chuktwnallstar
Had a drop at Mary too
TigerTown
Maybe Humphries just picked up the offense faster***
chuktwnallstar
Re: Video of a catch in traffic.
tigrbybirth
Re: Only one thing jumps out that sorta bugs me.
deleted
Thank you. Good answer. I thought they traditionally played
Completely Solid Orange®
Still feel like Charone can fill Watkins's void better, but
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: Only one thing jumps out that sorta bugs me.
8992Tiger
Dabo didn't promise a 50-50 split. Could be motivational.***
Razzmatazz
Re: Only one thing jumps out that sorta bugs me.
Litefoot®
you've been here MUCH too long to ask that question***
CUinDE
Re: you've been here MUCH too long to ask that question***
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