No. 12: Landon Walker

CUTigers.com has reached No. 12 on its countdown of the top 25 players at Clemson.

12. RT Landon Walker, RS Sr.

THE RESUME: As a senior at North Wilkesboro High School in East Wilkes, N.C., Walker was ranked the No. 13 offensive linemen in the nation by Scout.com.

After a redshirt freshman season in 2007, Walker started 10 games in 2008. His 74-percent grade was third-highest on the team. That year, he played 672 snaps, which were second-most among offensive linemen.

In 2009, Walker registered 32 knockdown blocks in 14 games. In each game against TCU, Miami and Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship, he had five. Walker also held TCU All-American Jerry Hughes, who was a first-round selection in the NFL Draft, to just two tackles and no sacks.

Walker started and played in every game at right tackle as a redshirt junior in 2010, recording 30 knockdowns in 805 snaps.

MOVING FORWARD: The start to his redshirt sophomore season was not up to par. Walker, admittedly, became complacent after earning plenty of playing time a year earlier. However now, the light truly has turned on for the former four-star standout.

Walker is regarded as one of the top leaders on the team entering the season, not just on the offensive side of the ball. He's also slimmed down to around 300 pounds this offseason to adjust to Clemson's new up-tempo offensive style.

Even though he had minor arthroscopic knee surgery last Thursday, he's expected to be ready for the start of preseason camp next Friday, Aug. 5.

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