Preseason camp preview: LT

With preseason practice starting later this week, CUTigers.com takes a look at the all important position of left tackle.

1. Phillip Price, RS Sr.
2010: Most of Price's work came as a third tackle, where he was motioned and used as a blocking tight end. He totaled 98 snaps over 13 games [one start] and had nine knockdown blocks.

This spring: The former walk-on tight end was named the starting left tackle at the beginning of spring practice and kept the job throughout the duration. What Price lacks in athleticism, he makes up for in heart - which may not be a bad thing for Clemson's offensive line.

Heading into the fall: After the summer, it's his job to lose. Price must sustain a push from an underclassman, but he could be the starter when the season opens against Troy. At bare minimum he's a major factor on the two-deep depth chart and will at least double his snaps from a year ago.



2. Brandon Thomas, RS So.
2010: Thomas backed up first-team All-ACC left tackle Chris Hairston and played 136 snaps in 10 games.

This spring: Long-touted as the replacement for Hairston, Thomas did not take one first-team rep all spring.

Heading into the fall: Coaches have questioned Thomas' commitment, and that's what's kept him from taking the starting job. The next couple of weeks will be critical in dictating the direction of his career at Clemson. The footwork is there. The athleticism is there. But can he put it all together for a run at a starting spot?



3. Shaq Anthony, Fr.
2010: Anthony played his senior season at Wren High School, where he was named to the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

This spring: Named by Scout.com as the No. 52 offensive tackle in the class of 2011. He was also rated as a three-star prospect.

Heading into the fall: Barring any injuries, Anthony is projected to redshirt during his first year on campus.


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