Moving day in Clemson

CLEMSON - Saturday's stadium scrimmage, the final of preseason camp, proved to be a critical day for several players vying for a spot on the depth chart.


Two weeks away from the showdown with Auburn in the Georgia Dome, there's a little more clarity to the left guard, right tackle, backup quarterback and punting jobs.

"I was anxious to see a lot of guys we've got really competing," Dabo Swinney said. "Every snap counts for guys like [David] Beasley and Kalon [Davis], and Shaq [Anthony] and Joe Gore. I'm really anxious to see the film."

Beasley and Davis are battling for the starting left guard job. Anthony and Gore are after the right tackle job.

The winners of the two competitions will block for Tajh Boyd. And it appears that the runners up will play a role in protecting Cole Stoudt.

Stoudt, who completed 3 of 8 passes for 61 yards on Saturday, has the lead in the No. 2 quarterback race.

"I would say right now, Cole's probably solidified himself coming out of this scrimmage today," Swinney said. "I think he's really come on the last few practices. I feel good about what I've seen and how he's competed."

He added, "I think, Cole, right now if we played today, he would definitely be our No. 2 guy."

Nothing is set in stone, but the team will begin game prep for Auburn on Monday. And that means Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris are likely to give Stoudt the reigns when it comes to running the second-team offense.

"We're kind of at that point -- let's start getting dialed in, from a reps standpoint this time next week," Swinney said.

That means Spencer Benton could see the lion's share of the work at punter. He has been more consistent than freshman Bradley Pinion.

Pinion and several other freshmen could learn their fate for 2012 as early as next week.

"We'll continue to bring our freshmen along and probably not make a full decision on those guys until later on next week," Swinney said. "Some of them, we may not make a decision on until three or four weeks into this thing."

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: It's rare to hear Swinney to get much negativity out of Swinney. So when he was asked what his concerns are two weeks before the season starts, he deflected the question.

"I wouldn't say that I'm concerned. I like our football team. I think we'll be ready to play," he said. "I don't know if it's a concern or just a question, a legitimate question going into it.

"How are these sophomores going to perform in that environment? I don't think we'll know that until we play. "How quickly can we bring those guys along, to play at a high level?"

He added, "I don't really know if that's a concern, because I like all the guys. I'm excited about it, more than anything else."

DON'T FORGET ABOUT…: One name that hasn't been mentioned too much during preseason camp is freshman offensive tackle Isaiah Battle.

Swinney believes Battle has tremendous upside.

"Battle is a guy, I think, hopefully, by the end of the year, he could be a guy that can be as good as any tackle we have," Swinney said. "We just have to keep bringing him along. Every day is a teaching day for him." Top Stories