Top opposing safeties

We're less than two months away from the start of the season and it's time to take a look at the top safeties Clemson will see in 2012.

1. Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
2011: Joyner played cornerback as a freshman in 2010, but was moved to his natural position in 2011. As a sophomore, Joyner had 54 tackles, four interceptions, three pass breakups, two tackles for loss and a sack. He also returned 13 kickoffs for 397 yards.

In Florida State's 35-30 loss to Clemson, Joyner was in on five tackles and returned a pair of kickoffs for 60 yards.

What he's doing here: As a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Joyner was a five-star prospect and ranked the No. 2 cornerback in the class of 2010.

Joyner has 77 tackles and five interceptions in his first two seasons at Florida State. He's also returned 29 kickoffs for 726 yards.

A preseason candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, once ready to enter the NFL, Joyner will be an early- to mid-round draft pick.

2. Isaiah Johnson, Georgia Tech
2011: In 2011, Johnson ranked second among Georgia Tech defenders in tackles [78] and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. He also had three pass breakups and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Johnson recorded seven tackles in Georgia Tech's 31-17 win over Clemson.

What he's doing here: During his first two seasons, Johnson has recorded 124 tackles [76 solo], two sacks, six tackles for loss, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries and four interceptions.

When he enters the NFL in 2014, Johnson will be one of the top strong safeties in the draft.

3. D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
2011: The junior safety ranked second on the team with 80 tackles, including 58 solos. Swearinger also tied for second with three interceptions. He started all 13 games, the first two of which were at strong safety. The rest were from the free safety position.

Against Clemson, Swearinger had two tackles and a pair of pass breakups.

What he's doing here: During his three-year career, Swearinger hasn't missed a game. Of the 40 he's played in, Swearinger has made 21 starts. The safety from Greenwood has recorded 165 career tackles with made four interceptions.

Swearinger projects as a mid- to late-round pick in next year's NFL Draft. Top Stories