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Depth Chart Thoughts


  by - Radio Host - Thursday, May 29, 2014 9:10 AM
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Depth Chart Thoughts
This week Clemson released its summer depth chart and there are a few noteworthy items.  Here are eight thoughts:

Experience at Guard
David BeasleyDavid Beasley
RS Sr. Offensive Guard
#68 6-4, 315
Columbus, GA

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is suspended for the season opener at Georgia but he is listed as a starter at left guard, which is a change from the spring.  Beasley has been in and out of the doghouse in his career but talent has never been the issue.  Sometimes it has been conditioning and others it has been maturity but he has not always been in good graces with the staff.  Maybe his demotion from the spring got his attention.

The right guard spot belongs to Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS Sr. Offensive Guard
#67 6-5, 330
Chester, SC

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, who is another senior starter and very experienced player.  The combination of Beasley and Davis gives the Tigers a big advantage in terms of experience.

Co-Starters at RT
Like Beasley, Shaq AnthonyShaq Anthony
RS Jr. Offensive Tackle
#76 6-3, 265
Williamston, SC

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is also suspended for the season opener.  Maybe that status has him listed as a co-starter at right tackle.  Maybe Joe GoreJoe Gore
RS Jr. Offensive Tackle
#73 6-4, 275
Lake Waccamaw, NC

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is finally healthy and ready to contribute.  In either case, I agree with Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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when he says this position is his biggest concern heading into fall camp.

Log Jam at RB
D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
RS Sr. Running Back
#22 5-11, 195
Lincoln, AL

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is listed as the starter but he has been banged up and inconsistent.  The same can be said for second-team back Zac BrooksZac Brooks
Jr. Running Back
#24 6-1, 185
Jonesboro, AR

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.  In the spring the two most impressive backs were C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
RS Jr. Running Back
#32 5-11, 185
Clemson, SC

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and Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
RS Fr. Running Back
#9 6-1, 195
Loganville, GA

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, who are now listed as second teamers with Brooks.  This appears to be one position where the competition will continue well into fall camp.  Also add Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
RS Fr. Running Back
#23 6-1, 205
Elberton, GA

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to the list when he is healthy.

Co-Starters at DE
Suspensions in the Georgia game may have something to do with the fact that we have co-starters listed at one defensive end.  Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Sr. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 270
Columbus, GA

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is the returning starter but will not make the trip to Athens.  But maybe Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
RS Sr. Defensive End
#9 6-3, 270
Jacksonville, FL

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' sense of urgency has something to do with him being listed as a co-starter.  The light has come on for Barnes who had an impressive spring.

Three at DT
Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
Conyers, GA

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is clearly ahead of Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
RS So. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 300
Mooresboro, NC

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at one defensive tackle.  He is the better player and Watkins missed most of last season after an automobile accident.  But the other defensive tackle spot is wide open with tri-starters listed.  Josh WatsonJosh Watson
RS Sr. Defensive Tackle
#91 6-4, 285
Wilmington, DE

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, DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 285
Central, SC

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and D.J. ReaderD.J. Reader
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#48 6-2, 335
Greensboro, NC

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give defensive tackle coach Dan BrooksDan Brooks
Assistant Coach / Defensive Line
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a great problem to have.  All three are talented and experienced.

Four at SLB/NB
There are four co-starters listed at the SAM/nickel spot.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  First, Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
Jr. Defensive Back
#11 6-0, 190
Tallahassee, FL

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and Korrin WigginsKorrin Wiggins
So. Defensive Back
#12 6-1, 185
Durham, NC

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missed the spring with injuries.  T.J. BurrellT.J. Burrell
RS So. Linebacker
#41 5-11, 215
Goose Creek, SC

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and Dorian O'DanielDorian O'Daniel
RS Fr. Linebacker
#6 6-1, 205
Olney, MD

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are inexperienced.  I see this as two positions, actually.  When they go with the SAM I can see Burrell and O'Daniel getting time.  With the nickel package I can see Blanks and Wiggins in the picture.  There is inexperience but with it comes some versatility.

New Corners
I am not surprised MacKensie AlexanderMacKensie Alexander
RS Fr. Defensive Back
#2 5-11, 185
Immokalee, FL

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is listed as the starter at one corner.  He is the most talented corner on campus and is finally healthy.  Plus Garry PetersGarry Peters
RS Sr. Cornerback
#26 6-0, 195
Conyers, GA

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is suspended for the opener in Athens.  I am surprised to see Cordrea TankersleyCordrea Tankersley
So. Defensive Back
#25 6-1, 190
Beech Island, SC

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listed as the starter at the other corner.  He was there in the spring and I guess no one could beat him out heading into fall camp.

Peake at KOR
Charone PeakeCharone Peake
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 200
Moore, SC

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is listed as the starter as the kickoff return man.  There no others listed there.  I am interested to see who will join the competition.



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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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