Tuesday Shrine Bowl observations

SPARTANBURG - The second day of Shrine Bowl practice was better for Clemson offensive line commitments Patrick Destefano and Oliver Jones.

After the morning session, CUTigers.com caught up with Jones, who's worked as the starting left tackle for the first two days.

"I'm just getting more acclimated to the offense, more acclimated to the players and plays," he said.

Rust might have had a little something to do with Monday's slow start. Jones hadn't been on the field since Ninety Six High School lost 37-27 to Chesterfield in the second round of the playoffs on Nov. 11.

"I feel like I performed better. I feel like I have the playbook down better," Jones said.

Another Clemson offensive lineman is now in the mix. Javarius Leamon, who could take over the starting left tackle job, practiced for the first time during the afternoon session. The MRI on his shoulder cleared him to play.

Their opponents...
Jonathan Bullard and Carlos Watkins will have their praises sung again as both were nearly untouchable during 11-on-11 work. They lived in the offenses backfield this morning.

The four-star prospects are working as defensive ends in North Carolina's 3-4 front, which has also shown some 46 looks.

Bullard warrants consideration for five-star status on Scout.com.

Another possibility for the Clemson DL...
Another guy who could potentially end up on Clemson's defensive line, D.J. Reader, continues to work as the starting left guard for the Tarheels. He moves really well for a 300-pound guy.

A couple of notes on Reader...

1. His listed height of 6-foot-3, should be closer to an even 6-feet.

2. If he is 330 pounds, he carries it very well.

More on G-Hopp...
Just a few more things to add to what said about Germone Hopper yesterday.

The four-star will earn his playing time on offense by getting work done on the perimeter. When Hopper gets the ball in space, if he's one-on-one with a cornerback, forget about it.

We'll be really picky for a second and say that he'll have to get used to make catches over the middle with safeties and linebackers ready to deliver a hit. He put a couple of passes on the ground when going over the middle.

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