Rodney Thomas to Start for Tigers Saturday
Junior linebacker Rodney Thomas will start at strongside linebacker.
Clemson, SC-Clemson defensive coordinator Reggie Herring said
Wednesday after practice that junior linebacker Rodney Thomas would
start at strongside linebacker in place of Braxton K. Williams this
Saturday when the Tigers faced Wofford at Death Valley. It will be
the first start of Thomas's career.
Herring said that Williams, a senior, will serve as the
backup at the strongside position. Chad Carson will remain the
starter at the weakside linebacker position and John Leake will
continue to start at the star safety position.
Herring also said that freshman Leroy Hill would be the
backup to Carson at the weakside linebacker position. He also said
that he was making no commitment to this lineup change past this
week's game. "Rodney Thomas has demonstrated that he is better in
run support and Wofford is a running team," said Herring, who again
will coach the Clemson defense from the pressbox as he recovers from
a torn Achilles tendon injury.
Herring also said that cornerback Kevin Johnson is recovering
from a bruised shoulder but he is not certain if he will start on
Saturday. If he can't red-shirt freshman Ryan Hemby will start in
CLEMSON DEFENSE DEPTH CHART
Pos. # Player Hgt. Wgt. Cl.
DE 91 Bryant McNeal 6-5 235 *Jr.
58 J.J. Howard 6-3 220 *So.
LT 98 Nick Eason 6-4 275 *Gr.
96 D Washington 6-6 320 *Fr
RT 95 Jovon Bush 6-5 305 *Sr.
97 DeJuan Polk 6-2 265 *So.
RE 56 Khaleed Vaughan 6-4 260 *So.
99 Mo Fountain 6-4 235 Fr.
SLB 41 Rodney Thomas 6-0 215 Jr.
48 B K. Williams 6-2 203 Sr.
WLB 46 Chad Carson 6-3 235 Sr.
43 Leroy Hill 6-1 215 Fr.
Star 45 John Leake 6-2 210 So.
38 Eric Sampson 6-3 200 Fr.
SS 40 Charles Hafley 6-1 195 *Sr.
33 Rony Delusme 6-2 185 *Fr.
FS 25 Marcus Houskin 6-0 200 *So.
3 Eric Meekins 6-2 190 Jr.
LC 2 Brian Mance 5-11 185 Jr.
26 Toure Francis 5-10 184 So.
RC 27 Kevin Johnson 6-0 185 *So.
22 Ryan Hemby 5-10 175 *Fr.
Star - denotes weak safety position