CUTigers Spring Blitz: Safety

The safety position will be without a key performer this spring as Rashard Hall continues to recover from offseason knee surgery.

Defensive back Xavier Brewer will wear No. 9 for his final season at Clemson.(Roy Philpott)
Free safety
1-Jonathan Meeks
2-Garry Peters
3-Rashard Hall

Strong Safety
1-Xavier Brewer
2-Robert Smith
3-Jerrodd Williams

2011 stats (Returning)
Hall - 87 tackles, 2 interceptions; 799 snaps
Meeks - 53 tackles, 3 interceptions; 744 snaps
Brewer - 58 tackles, 1 interception; 771 snaps
Smith - 2 tackles, 1 interception; 59 snaps
Peters - 12 snaps

Unit Ranking: C-
A fully healthy Hall improves the unit ranking by almost an entire letter grade. He'll be out the remainder of the spring as he rehabs the surgically repaired knee that was injured almost the entire 2011 campaign.

Brewer, who spent some time at safety last season, moves from cornerback to strong safety while Meeks shifts to Hall's free safety spot.

The young and inexperienced Peters and Smith will work into the two deep. Williams, who transferred from Virginia Tech, will push for time, too.

Bounce back from 2011

The 2011 season was a pretty forgettable one for the Clemson safeties for a number of reasons, most glaring of which was the poor tackling.

Meeks and Hall are talented and intelligent, so it's a bit puzzling why they were inconsistent. In Hall's case, the bum knee really affected his play.

Smith played 31 of his 59 snaps against Wofford, a game Hall sat out because of his knee.

The cross-trainers

Brewer's been versatile during his career, working at cornerback and nickel back, too. With Hall's return an influx of freshmen due in later this summer, his time at safety could be limited.

Peters has worked at both cornerback and safety during his career, but has yet to make much of an impact.

Another Daniel product

Williams, who originally signed with Virginia Tech out of Daniel High School in 2009, joined the Clemson team as a walk-on last January. A cornerback coming out of high school, he was a cornerback while in Blacksburg, but never played a down.

Spring predictions

-Williams introduces himself
-Peters makes some noise Top Stories