Just like last year, the search is on for a new starter at left tackle.
Phillip Price emerged as the replacement for Chris Hairston last
offseason. Price wound up as one of the most consistent players along the
Tigers' offensive front.
Less than a year removed from high school, Battle (pictured right) spent last fall at Fork
Union Military Academy. He'll compete for early playing time now that he's
on campus at Clemson.
Unless Thomas, who started 10 games at left guard last season, moves over
to left tackle, Price's replacement will have no experience as a starter.
Webster logged 33 snaps in six games as a redshirt freshman, most of which
were in mop up duty at left tackle.
Landon Walker was a stalwart along the Clemson offensive line, starting
the last 39 games of his career. For the first-time since 2009, some else
will start at right tackle for the Tigers.
Anthony, who spent last season as a redshirt, must continue to improve his
run blocking skill. He played in a pass-heavy spread offense at Wren High
Most of his redshirt first season at Clemson was spent rehabbing a knee
During that time, Joe Gore (pictured right) was moved from defensive end to offensive tackle.
One of three early-enrolled offensive linemen, Jones could be headed for a
In seven games as a redshirt freshman, Timothy played 45 snaps. Almost
half of his snaps  were against N.C. State.
There's no doubt that Andre Ellington will be the starter at running back
this fall. But there is question as to who is backup will be.
Bellamy ended his first season at Clemson in Dabo Swinney's doghouse.
Bellamy was sent home from Charlotte before the ACC Championship and
suspended indefinitely afterward. He's back in school and working back
into the good graces of his head coach.
A four-star prospect out of Jonesboro, Ark., Brooks arrived to Clemson in
January for an early enrollment. His abilities as a runner and catcher make
him an intriguing option behind Ellington.
Howard started his redshirt freshman season with an 86-yard performance
against Auburn before missing the next two games with an injury. The rest
of his season was pretty pedestrian.
McDowell ended the 2011 campaign with 14 carries for 63 yards and a
touchdown. Thirty-four of the yards and the score were in the Orange Bowl
against West Virginia.
Antoine McClain started every game at right guard for the last three
years. He played over 2,000 snaps during his Clemson career.
Destefano, one of three early enrolled offensive linemen, will have a shot
to compete for time on day one, but a couple of 2011 signees might have
Though Norton was signed as a center last year, he won't be able to
supplant starter Dalton Freeman. Norton will, however, make a run at one
of the two guard spots.
Region spent the majority of his first season on campus slimming down to a
more manageable weight.
The emergence of Brandon Ford started in the second half of the 2010
Meineke Car Care Bowl and continued through 2011.
As a redshirt freshman, Cooper played in 12 of the 14 games at tight end
and played in every game on special teams.
MacLain, a four-star tight end signee with the 2011 class, spent last
season as a redshirt.
Smith played in every game on special teams, but recorded just one snap at
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