Assuming that Tyler Shatley stick around on the defensive side of the
ball, he's the odds on favorite to take over Brandon Thompson's nose guard
This spring, four candidates will vie for time at defensive tackle, the
same position occupied by Rennie Moore in 2011.
Barnes was one of the hottest names coming out of last year's bowl and
spring practices. As a redshirt freshman last season, he played 73 snaps
and recorded seven tackles.
After spending a post-graduate season at Hargrave Military Academy, Dodd
enrolled at Clemson in January. He could compete for time at either tackle
or strong-side defensive end.
Jarrett played 61 snaps and had two tackles during his freshman season.
Of the freshmen defensive tackles signed by Clemson in 2011, Williams
played the most snaps  and had the most tackles . He started one
game last season and exited as the favorite to takeover Moore's starting
Weak-Side Defensive End
Andre Branch held down the weak-side spot for the last two seasons after
Ricky Sapp moved on to the NFL. Branch is now making his way towards a
career in the league.
Beasley played in just three games at the bandit position after spending
his first year at Clemson on the offensive side of the ball. He had two
tackles in 16 snaps.
Crawford played 252 snaps at the bandit position in 2011. He was second
among Clemson freshmen with 29 tackles. Crawford is the odds on favorite
to win the starting job.
Coty Sensabaugh emerged as Clemson's top defensive back lasts season and
he's now looking at a potential career in the NFL. He is the only
cornerback to depart from last season's team.
Of the eight early enrolled prospects, Blanks was ranked the highest. The
6-foot-1, 190-pound freshman is expected to avoid a redshirt and earn
playing time this fall.
Davis [6-3, 195] could have avoided a redshirt during his first year on
campus and. He's expected to receive playing time this fall.
Robinson played a total of 346 snaps as a sophomore. Over the last five
games, he logged 27. He finished the season with 18 tackles, one
interception and a pass breakup.
Dawson Zimmerman's near four-year hold on the punting position is now
Last season, Benton had two punts with an average of 33 yards per attempt.
His long was 43 yards.
Colquitt, a preferred walk-on in 2011, spent last year with a redshirt.
A U.S. Army All-American, Pinion is the our pick to takeover punting
duties for next season. He'll get an early start by enrolling in school
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