Countdown to Kickoff: #52 Vontrell Jamison

Vontrell Jamison is undoubtedly one of the most physically gifted players on the Clemson roster entering the 2003 season, but can he put it all together to become an impact player on the defensive line? Today, CUTigers.com takes a hard look at that very question.

DL Vontrell Jamison
6-8, 260
Holly-Hill Roberts
Holly Hill, SC



Quick Bio
This former Holly Hill star is easily one of the most intimidating players on the team. After being moved to the offensive line last year for insurance on the depth chart, Jamison made his way back to the defensive line this spring and appears to be poised to make a significant contribution to the team in 2003. He currently has two years of eligibility left.
The Scoop
Jamison was moved to the offensive line last fall- but the transition was anything but smooth. Amongst the Clemson coaches, there was little doubt that the move wouldn't last and that Jamison would be back on the defensive line this spring. This year, he's listed as a second team defensive end headed into fall practice.

Key Points
  • As one of the biggest players on the team at 6-8, 270 pounds, Jamison has the physical ability to become a beast in 2003. Nevertheless, some people will continue to wonder whether or not he'll turn into the next Todd McClinton. Is the fire there to really make an impact in 2003? If so, he could become of the suprise players in the conference.

  • Vontrell is the cousin of former Clemson basketball star Harold Jamison and Tiger football star Adrian Dingle and is also a standout basketball player. He actually signed to play basketball out of high school before going the JUCO route to Gulf Coast Community College and then on to Tiger Town.

  • Jamison will have to look in both directions in 2003, as both Khaleed Vaughn (1st team DE) and Gaines Adams (3rd team DE) will all battle with the South Carolina native for playing time. Adams has been a longtime favorite of head coach Tommy Bowden- all he has to do to see the field is become more comfortable with his knowledge of the Tigers' defense.

    Outlook
    Simply put, Vontrell just never got into the mix last year after making the switch over to the offensive line. The move was a bad one, but it was done out of necessity due to the lack of depth after a whole host of injuries. In 2003, the fire is burning within this 6-8, 270 pound monster. He's listed as the back up to Khaleed Vaughn entering the start of fall practice, so he's got some work to do, but there's little doubt that he'll see significant playing time this year.

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