Preseason camp preview: LB (SAM)

CUTigers.com's position by position preview has moved back to the defensive side of the ball. Up first in the three-part linebacker look is the strong-side position.

1. Quandon Christian, RS So.
2010: Christian entered spring practice in 2010 as a member of the third-team. He exited as the starter at SAM and held onto the position through the fall. In 13 games (seven starts), Christian played 378 snaps and recorded 24 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss.

This spring: It was a solid spring for Christian, who kept a stronghold on the starting job. He had five tackles, a forced fumble and a pass deflection during the Orange & White spring game.

Heading into the fall: Of the three returning starters at linebacker, Christian may be the only one who won't see much of a threat from any of the freshmen. He's good in coverage situations and his instincts are improving constantly.



2. Justin Parker, So.
2010: Parker played both strong-side and middle linebacker last season and just nine tackles in 57 total snaps.

This spring: Parker continued his uptick in development with a solid round of spring workouts. Numbers-wise, it wasn't a productive game but he was credited with an interception.

Heading into the fall: Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele prefers to cross-train his linebackers at multiple positions. Parker has worked at both the strong-side and in the middle throughout the first year of his career and figures to do so through preseason camp. He could compete for time at both positions this fall. The talent is there, but is he ready for primetime?



3. Daniel Andrews, Sr.
2010: While continuing on the track as a reserve linebacker, Andrews suffered an ACL tear against Georgia Tech. He had five tackles and a pair of quarterback pressures in 31 snaps (seven games).

This spring: Andrews did not participate as he continued to rehab the ACL tear.

Heading into the fall: He will help provide depth at any one of the three linebacker positions this fall. Most of his contributions are likely to come as a special teams player.



4. Lateek Townsend, Fr.
2010: As a senior at Marlboro County High School, Townsend had 132 tackles, 21 quarterback pressures, 19 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles. He participated in the Shrine Bowl and was named a U.S. Army All-American.

This spring: Scout.com ranked Townsend as the No. 11 outside linebacker in the class of 2011 and rated him with four stars.

Heading into the fall: Townsend will need to add some bulk before he is ready to contribute as a linebacker at this level of college football. Projected to redshirt this fall but stranger things have happened.



5. B.J. Goodson, Fr.
2010: A participant in the North-South game, Goodson had 156 tackles as a senior at Lamar High School.

This spring: Scout.com ranked Goodson the No. 71 middle linebacker in the class of 2011 and rated him with two stars.

Heading into the fall: Goodson may be the most under-rated of the five linebackers signed by Clemson in the 2011 class. At 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, he is among the most physically ready to play members of that group. Still, he is expected to redshirt.


CUTigers.com Top Stories