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Dabo recaps spring practice, depth chart


  by - Senior Writer - Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:59 PM
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Eric Mac Lain has made strides at left tackle, and Swinney says the former tight end can play either guard or tackle

CLEMSON – Clemson released the post spring depth chart Thursday morning, and head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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said what we all already knew.

“As far as this depth chart, it is just what is on paper,” Swinney said during a media session in the WestZone. “It really doesn’t mean anything.”

Swinney did say that he thought his team, which faces a mountain of expectations this season, had a good spring.

“I thought we had a good spring, but it could be a great spring if we take what we learned this spring and make it better this summer,” he said. “They all have specific things we’ve asked them to do, like add size or flexibility. If they do all the things we’ve asked them to do, then it can be a great spring.”

There were a few surprises on the offensive line – Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
RS Sr. Offensive Line
#63 6-3, 305
Spartanburg, SC

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was listed as the starter at left tackle, with converted tight end Eric Mac LainEric Mac Lain
RS So. Tight End
#88 6-4, 260
Hope Mills, NC

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listed as his backup and the talented Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
So. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-6, 280
St. George, VA

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listed as third team. However, Swinney said the coaches are okay with an unsettled depth chart on the offensive line.

“The way we came out of spring was that we are still trying to find our best five,” he said. “But I am okay with that because we have a lot of competition. We didn’t have that last spring. Last spring, we had a lot of dropoff. We had some guys that I felt like weren’t ready coming out of the spring that we could get them ready. This time it is more competitive, and I think that will carry over into the summer. At least I hope it does.”

Swinney said the competition at the left tackle spot will continue well into fall camp..

“Eric had an excellent spring. He isn’t quite there, and he hasn’t really made the transition. But he can be special,” he said. “I think he will be able to play either tackle or either guard. I am really excited. Battle, we want it for him and it is all there, but he has to do it. But he isn’t quite there yet. I am patient. He is coming. Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
Adairsville, GA

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– last spring I couldn’t get anybody in the room to give him a thumbs up and now he is the best player we have. But he [Battle] has to make that commitment. I can’t make it for him. He has to have a great summer in the weight room and has a lot of things he needs to improve upon. Sometimes guys don't come as soon as you want them. You've just got to keep coaching them, keep pushing them."

At the tight end spot, projected starter Sam CooperSam Cooper
RS Jr. Tight End
#86 6-5, 250
Brentwood, TN

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suffered an ACL injury during the spring game and will have surgery on May 3rd. As a result, Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS Jr. Tight End
#81 6-4, 210
Isle of Palms, SC

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is No. 1, Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
Fr. Tight End
#16 6-6, 235
Navarre, FL

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is 2 and Jay Jay McCulloughJay Jay McCullough
RS Fr. Tight End
#89 6-3, 230
Fort Mill, SC

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is the third team tight end.

"They're very talented. They can all run and catch,” Swinney said. “The big thing you lose with Coop, he's a fourth-year vet. He's crafty. He's figured it out. He knows how to get it done. He's our thumper at the point of attack. He's been in the battles. He's battle tested -we're losing that experience factor from that position. I think we have good pieces there, we just lose the experience. We're probably going to have to ask a little bit more about Darrell [Smith], who is as good a leader and player as we have on this team.”


Swinney said that Seckinger is at 210 right now, but hopes he'll come back in the 225-230 range. Leggett is 235 right now and Dabo hopes he'll come back at 240-245.

On Jordan Leggett

“Leggett just caught on, and he was probably the surprise of the spring for me with how quickly he caught on. We ask our tight ends to do a lot of things. It’s really uncanny to see a freshman grasp it the way he did. He is a big old boy and I think he will come in here at 240-plus.”

On the running backs

"I feel good about the development of our running backs. I'm excited about some new pieces coming to join us. I like the talent that we have at tight end. I love the talent that we have at wideout."

On the linebackers

"I feel good about our linebacker situation. I'm concerned at secondary. That's my biggest concern, just because that's a major area, a major problem, from a depth standpoint. That's fixing to change, drastically."

On Vic Beasley

"He's actually becoming a little bit of a leader, which is something I thought I would never say."

On Kevin DoddKevin Dodd
So. Defensive Tackle
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Greer, SC

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"Nobody asked me about Dodd. After this season, everybody is going to be asking me about Dodd. Kevin Dodd is going to be an outstanding player. I'm really, really proud of him and his development after one year."


DEPTH CHARTS

Offense
LT	63	Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
RS Sr. Offensive Line
#63 6-3, 305
Spartanburg, SC
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	78	Eric Mac LainEric Mac Lain
RS So. Tight End
#88 6-4, 260
Hope Mills, NC
View Full Profile		6-4	260	*So
	79	Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
So. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-6, 280
St. George, VA
View Full Profile		6-6	280	So
LG	68	David BeasleyDavid Beasley
RS Jr. Offensive Guard
#68 6-4, 315
Columbus, GA
View Full Profile		6-4	315	*Jr
or	67	Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS Jr. Offensive Guard
#67 6-5, 330
Chester, SC
View Full Profile		6-5	330	*Jr
C	58	Ryan NortonRyan Norton
RS So. Offensive Line
#58 6-3, 270
Mauldin, SC
View Full Profile		6-3	270	*So
	57	Jay GuillermoJay Guillermo
RS Fr. Center
#57 6-3, 290
Maryville, TN
View Full Profile		6-3	290	*Fr
RG	62	Tyler ShatleyTyler Shatley
RS Sr. Offensive Guard
#62 6-3, 295
Icard, NC
View Full Profile		6-3	295	*Sr
	77	Reid WebsterReid Webster
RS Jr. Offensive Line
#77 6-5, 285
Woodstock, GA
View Full Profile		6-5	285	*Jr
RT	70	Gifford TimothyGifford Timothy
RS Jr. Offensive Tackle
#70 6-6, 310
Middletown, DE
View Full Profile		6-6	310	*Jr
	73	Joe GoreJoe Gore
RS So. Offensive Tackle
#73 6-5, 275
Lake Waccamaw, NC
View Full Profile		6-5	275	*So
TE	81	Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS Jr. Tight End
#81 6-4, 210
Isle of Palms, SC
View Full Profile	6-4	210	So
	16	Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
Fr. Tight End
#16 6-6, 235
Navarre, FL
View Full Profile		6-6	235	Fr
	89	Jay Jay McCulloughJay Jay McCullough
RS Fr. Tight End
#89 6-3, 230
Fort Mill, SC
View Full Profile	6-3	230	*Fr
WR	2	Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Jr. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL
View Full Profile		6-1	205	Jr
	1	Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Jr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC
View Full Profile		6-5	200	Jr
QB	10	Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Sr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA
View Full Profile		6-1	225	*Sr
	18	Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Jr. Quarterback
#8 6-5, 205
Dublin, OH
View Full Profile		6-5	205	Jr
	17	Nick SchuesslerNick Schuessler
So. Quarterback
#17 6-3, 185
Grayson, GA
View Full Profile		6-3	185	*Fr
RB	25	Roderick McDowellRoderick McDowell
RS Sr. Running Back
#25 5-9, 195
Sumter, SC
View Full Profile	5-9	195	*Sr
	22	D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
RS Jr. Running Back
#22 5-11, 195
Lincoln, AL
View Full Profile		5-11	195	*Jr
	24	Zac BrooksZac Brooks
So. Running Back
#24 6-1, 185
Jonesboro, AR
View Full Profile		6-1	185	So
FB	40	Darrell SmithDarrell Smith
RS Sr. Fullback
#40 6-2, 250
Gadsden, AL
View Full Profile		6-2	250	*Sr
WR	19	Charone PeakeCharone Peake
Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 200
Moore, SC
View Full Profile		6-3	200	Jr
	87	Matt PorterMatt Porter
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#87 5-11, 190
Charleston, SC
View Full Profile		5-11	190	*Jr
WR	13	Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Jr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-11, 190
Spartanburg, SC
View Full Profile		5-11	190	Jr
	5	Germone HopperGermone Hopper
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#5 6-0, 175
Charlotte, NC
View Full Profile		6-0	175	*Fr
	
Defense

DE	93	Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Jr. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 270
Columbus, GA
View Full Profile		6-5	270	Jr
or	9	Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
RS Jr. Defensive End
#6 6-4, 275
Jacksonville, FL
View Full Profile		6-4	275	*Jr
	90	Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
Fr. Defensive End
#90 6-4, 240
Central, SC
View Full Profile		6-4	260	Fr
DT	50	Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
Conyers, GA
View Full Profile		6-1	290	Jr
	99	DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 285
Central, SC
View Full Profile	6-1	285	Jr
	94	Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
So. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 300
Forest City, NC
View Full Profile		6-3	300	So
DT	91	Josh WatsonJosh Watson
RS Jr. Defensive Tackle
#91 6-4, 285
Wilmington, DE
View Full Profile		6-4	285	*Jr
	48	D.J. ReaderD.J. Reader
So. Defensive Tackle
#48 6-3, 335
Greensboro, NC
View Full Profile		6-3	335	So
	92	Roderick ByersRoderick Byers
RS So. Defensive End
#92 6-3, 275
Rock Hill, SC
View Full Profile		6-3	275	*So
DE	3	Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
Adairsville, GA
View Full Profile		6-3	225	*Jr
	98	Kevin DoddKevin Dodd
So. Defensive Tackle
#98 6-5, 280
Greer, SC
View Full Profile		6-5	280	So
	53	Martin AikenMartin Aiken
RS Fr. Defensive End
#53 6-2, 255
Bamberg, SC
View Full Profile		6-2	255	*Fr
LB	33	Spencer ShueySpencer Shuey
RS Sr. Linebacker
#33 6-3, 230
Charlotte, NC
View Full Profile		6-3	230	*Sr
	7	Tony StewardTony Steward
Jr. Linebacker
#7 6-1, 235
Hastings, FL
View Full Profile		6-1	235	Jr
	52	Kellen JonesKellen Jones
Jr. Linebacker
#52 6-1, 215
Houston, TX
View Full Profile		6-1	215	*So
LB	42	Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Jr. Linebacker
#12 6-3, 235
Polkton, NC
View Full Profile	6-3	235	Jr
        44      B.J. Goodson            6-1     240     *So
	52	Kellen Jones		6-1	215	*So
LB	34	Quandon ChristianQuandon Christian
RS Sr. Linebacker
#34 6-2, 225
Lake View, SC
View Full Profile	6-2	225	*Sr
	41	T.J. BurrellT.J. Burrell
RS Fr. Linebacker
#41 5-11, 215
Goose Creek, SC
View Full Profile		5-11	215	*Fr
CB	26	Garry PetersGarry Peters
RS Jr. Defensive Back
#26 6-0, 195
Conyers, GA
View Full Profile		6-0	195	*Jr
or	17	Bashaud BreelandBashaud Breeland
RS Jr. Cornerback
#17 6-0, 195
Allendale, SC
View Full Profile	6-0	195	*Jr
S	11	Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
So. Defensive Back
#11 6-1, 190
Tallahassee, FL
View Full Profile		6-1	190	So
	47	Taylor WatsonTaylor Watson
RS Jr. Safety
#47 5-11, 205
Simpsonville, SC
View Full Profile		5-11	205	*Jr
S	27	Robert SmithRobert Smith
Jr. Safety
#27 5-11, 210
St. George, SC
View Full Profile		5-11	210	Jr
	18	Jadar JohnsonJadar Johnson
Fr. Defensive Back
#18 6-1, 180
Orangeburg, SC
View Full Profile		6-1	180	Fr
CB	8	Darius RobinsonDarius Robinson
 Cornerback
#21 5-10, 175
College Park, GA
View Full Profile		5-10	175	Sr
or 	14	Martin JenkinsMartin Jenkins
 Cornerback
#14 5-10, 180
Roswell, GA
View Full Profile		5-10	180	*Jr

Special Teams
PK	39	Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
RS Sr. Punter / Kicker
#39 6-2, 195
Greenville, SC
View Full Profile	6-2	195	*Sr
	92	Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
So. Punter
#92 6-6, 230
Concord, NC
View Full Profile		6-6	230	So
P	92	Bradley Pinion		6-6	230	So

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