CUTigers Spring Blitz: OG/C

Dalton Freeman headlines Clemson's interior offensive line as spring practice gets underway in Tigertown.

1-Dalton Freeman
2-Ryan Norton
3-Jay Guillermo

Left Guard
1-Brandon Thomas
2-David Beasley
3-Patrick Destefano

Right Guard
1-Tyler Shatley
2- Kalon Davis
3-Spencer Region

2011 Stats (Returning)
Freeman - 14 games; 1,044 snaps
Thomas - 13 games; 777 snaps
Shatley - 14 games; 317 snaps (defense)
Davis - 12 games; 49 snaps
Beasley - 5 games; 30 snaps

Unit Rakning: C+
Freeman isn't letting go of the starting center job anytime soon, not anytime during the next year or so. He's been the starter there since midway through his redshirt freshman season.

An all-conference caliber player, Freeman will be considered for the Rimington Award, which goes to the nation's best center.

On Tuesday, Swinney raved about the work Thomas put into offseason condition drills. That's saying something if Swinney is praising Thomas for good work. For over a year, Thomas was in Swinney's doghouse. The Dorman product made his way out last season. Now it looks like he's starting to take the next step.

Tyler Shatley makes the fulltime move to offense this spring at right guard. (Roy Philpott)
Shatley has a reputation for being one of the toughest, hardest working players on the team. In need of both those traits over on the offensive line, the staff elected to move him over to that side of the ball this winter. He's penciled in as the starter at right guard.

At guard

Thomas is the starter at left guard, unless he's needed to move outside to tackle. If that's the case, then Norton or Guillermo could also figure into the mix at guard.

Either of the two freshmen centers could work in at right guard if the Shatley experiment doesn't work out, but Davis could be the next best option on the right-side.

When Davis enrolled in January of 2010, he was way too heavy. By the fall, he was in the mix for a two-deep spot, but a back injury sidelined him with a redshirt. Davis had an opportunity to make a serious push up the depth chart in 2011, but never did.

Beasley, another 2010 signee, hasn't made any noise yet. Though he's only a redshirt sophomore, it's almost high time for him to start making some progress.

Behind Freeman

The battle between Norton and Guillermo should be an interesting position battle to watch over the next couple of years.

Norton took a redshirt last year, but was in the mix for one of the reserve guard spots through the end of preseason camp. He'll play this fall. Whether the bulk of his snaps come at center or guard remains to be seen.

Guillermo, one of the early enrolled offensive linemen, could potentially need another year to add some size. Both Robbie Caldwell and Brad Scott are very high on him.

Spring predictions

-Norton takes over behind Freeman, lands on two-deep at guard
-Beasley shows signs of progress Top Stories