CUTigers Spring Blitz: OTs

Both of the starting offensive tackles from last season's ACC Championship squad are gone. Who's ready to step up this spring?


Oliver Jones is one of two early enrolled offensive tackles.
Roster
Left Tackle
1-Shaq Anthony - RS Freshman
2-Reid Webster - RS Sophomore
3-Isaiah Battle - Freshman

Right Tackle
1-Gifford Timothy - RS Sophomore
2-Joe Gore - RS Freshman
3-Oliver Jones - Freshman

2011 Stats (Returning)
Webster - 6 games; 33 snaps
Timothy - 7 games; 45 snaps

Unit Ranking: D
Just like last spring, Clemson enters with a question-mark at left tackle. Phillip Price, who won the job, graduated. So did three-year starter at right tackle, Landon Walker.

The only offensive tackles with experience on this spring's roster, Webster and Timothy, combined for 78 snaps in 2011. That combined snap total is less than the 80-85 snaps per game Chad Morris aims for in a single game.

The veterans

Another concern regarding experience at the position: Webster and Timothy combined to play in 13 games last season. The team played in 14.

Brandon Thomas could figure into the mix at tackle, but he made a name for himself at left guard last season, so that could be his permanent home moving forward.

Timothy projects as the starting right tackle when spring practice begins.

The redshirt freshmen

Anthony could enter the spring as the starter at left tackle. His classmate, Gore, could exit the spring as the starter at right tackle.

We suspect that Gore, who was signed by Clemson as a defensive end, has long-term sustainability at right tackle.

The freshmen

Battle may be the most talented of all the offensive linemen on the Tigers' roster. Originally a signee in the 2011 class, Battle spent last fall at Fork Union Military Academy. The former basketball player could take over the starting left tackle spot before the year is over.

Jones, another early enrolled freshman, is likely headed towards a redshirt this fall.

Spring predictions

-Battle quickly emerges as a serious contender to start at left tackle
-Gore exits the spring as the starter at right tackle

CUTigers.com Top Stories