Inexperience at LB
|Monday, August 17, 2015, 9:37 AM- -|
Inexperience at LB
Saturday's scrimmage gave us an indication of some positives and negatives of this football team at this stage of camp, but unfortunately it gave us some surprising news. Korrie Rogers has decided to give up football.
The former four-star linebacker from Buford, GA red-shirted last season and was listed as the second team WILL linebacker going into camp. Rogers never really set the woods on fire a Clemson, but he was only here for a short stay.
The staff has moved defensive end
Martin AikenMartin Aiken
RS Jr. Defensive End
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Rogers' departure means this is an even thinner linebacker corps. Clemson only has eight scholarship linebackers at the MIKE and WILL spots, and only two players have ever played a snap in college at linebacker.
BJ Goodson and
Ben BoulwareBen Boulware
Jr. Outside Linebacker
#10 6-0, 235
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The reserve six inside linebackers consist of five freshmen and a converted defensive end. I feel comfortable with red-shirt freshman
Kendall JosephKendall Joseph
RS Fr. Linebacker
#34 5-11, 225
View Full Profile behind Goodson at MiKE. He is a natural linebacker with good instincts. What I don't feel comfortable about now is how much time he has missed in camp due to an injury.
Jalen WilliamsJalen Williams
#30 6-0, 215
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Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Def. Coordinator / Linebackers
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