Change in plans

CLEMSON - Upon Vic Beasley's arrival to Clemson, many projected the rangy prospect from Adairsville, Ga. to receive significant playing time behind tight end Dwayne Allen.

Instead, Beasley was relegated to a spot on the scout team offense with a redshirt for his freshman season.

Before the end of 2010, head coach Dabo Swinney approached Beasley about moving from tight end to linebacker.

"It was probably at the end of the year when coach Swinney came and asked me if I would be fine with it," Beasley said after Monday's spring practice. "I was like, ‘Yeah. It ain't no problem with me.'"

The move over to the defensive side of the ball was nothing new for Beasley, who was rated by Scout.com as a three-star and ranked as the No. 36 outside linebacker in the class of 2010.

He finished with 69 tackles and recovered two fumbles as a senior linebacker at Adairsville High School.

"That was one of my options coming in [to Clemson]," Beasley said, "tight end or linebacker."

After the fall meeting with Swinney, Beasley began working some on the defensive side of the ball, but his focus remained with the scout team offense.

Heading into the offseason, he was listed on the depth chart at strong-side linebacker. He was on the weak-side once spring practice opened on Friday.

"I believe they figured I'd have a better chance at getting on the field at WILL—help the team out more at WILL," he said.

So far, he's enjoyed working under the direction of third-year defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

"It's a whole lot different, a whole lot more intense," Beasley said. "I like that. It shows me that a coach is going to push me. I don't want a coach that's just lackadaisical. I want a coach that's going to push me some. I really like that about coach Steele."

With Beasley's move to defense, plus the addition of Stephone Anthony, Tony Steward and Lateek Townsend in the 2011 recruiting class, it seems safe to assume Clemson's linebackers will look vastly different in coming seasons.

And that may not be such a bad thing.

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