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Breaking Camp Part II


  by - Radio Host - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6:00 AM
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Breaking Camp Part II
All indications show that this has been a successful pre-season camp for the Tigers, but some questions still remain with less than two weeks before Clemson heads to Athens.

Here are a few questions that need to be answered on the defensive side of the ball in the next two weeks:

Fourth Defensive End in Athens
The suspension of Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Sr. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 276
Columbus, GA

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is an issue from a depth standpoint as the Tigers enter the season opener in Athens.  When Crawford returns from his one game suspension the Tigers will be two-deep at defensive end and should have one of the nation's best groups of defensive ends in the country.  However most staffs would like to play four defensive ends especially if the weather means fatigue could be a factor.  Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Sr. Defensive End
#3 6-2, 236
Adairsville, GA

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

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and Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
RS Sr. Defensive End
#9 6-4, 273
Jacksonville, FL

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are talented and experienced. Who will the fourth defensive end be?  Kevin DoddKevin Dodd
RS So. Defensive End
#98 6-5, 275
Taylors, SC

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has the most experience but he is still raw.  Ebenezer OgundekoEbenezer Ogundeko
RS Fr. Defensive End
#1 6-3, 246
Brooklyn, NY

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has promise but he has never played in a college game before.  Is Martin AikenMartin Aiken
RS So. Defensive End
#53 6-2, 255
Smoaks, SC

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or Dane RogersDane Rogers
RS Fr. Defensive End
#85 6-3, 270
Shelby, NC

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any closer to playing?  Perhaps Beasley, Lawson and Barnes won’t need much help, but I would think a few snaps from the fourth defensive end would make the trio fresher in the critical fourth quarter.

Defensive Tackle Rotation
It is no secret Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
Conyers, GA

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is the best option at defensive tackle.  There is also little concern over the depth here.  Clemson will be able to go six deep with its defensive tackles Jarrett, DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 292
Central, SC

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, Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
RS So. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 294
Mooresboro, NC

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, D.J. ReaderD.J. Reader
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#48 6-2, 322
Greensboro, NC

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, Josh WatsonJosh Watson
RS Sr. Defensive Tackle
#91 6-4, 292
Wilmington, DE

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and Scott PaganoScott Pagano
RS Fr. Defensive Tackle
#56 6-4, 292
Honolulu, HI

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.  The question isn’t depth but snaps.  Who will get the start along with Jarrett and how will the snaps be divided among this deep and talented group?

SAM/Nickel
Perhaps the biggest question mark still unresolved is the SAM/nickel spot.  My guess is that the Tigers' base will be the nickel and Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
Jr. Safety
#11 6-0, 210
Tallahassee, FL

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and Korrin WigginsKorrin Wiggins
So. Defensive Back
#12 5-11, 190
Durham, NC

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will get a majority of the snaps.  Blanks will return to his natural position but he has had inflammation in his surgically repaired knee this fall.  This is a high character leader on defense who will be needed, but he still has a red-shirt option if the knee does not respond.  The good news is Wiggins played a lot last year and the staff is comfortable with him starting.  In terms of the SAM position, T.J. BurrellT.J. Burrell
RS So. Linebacker
#41 5-11, 215
Goose Creek, SC

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has the experience factor over Dorian O'DanielDorian O'Daniel
RS Fr. Linebacker
#6 6-1, 217
Olney, MD

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Who is the starter at free safety?
This is perhaps the biggest surprise of the camp.  Going into camp I thought Jayron KearseJayron Kearse
So. Safety
#20 6-4, 215
Fort Myers, FL

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was a solid pick to be the starter, but Jadar JohnsonJadar Johnson
So. Defensive Back
#18 6-1, 207
Orangeburg, SC

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has been impressive.  Johnson has a great knowledge of the defense and that is very important at this position.  Johnson's pick six in Saturday's scrimmage was further evidence that he is making a move and it would not surprise me if he grabs more snaps as the season progresses.



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#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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