Bright future for Blanks

Travis Blanks tied for third among Clemson defenders with eight tackles in Saturday's 49-37 loss at Florida State.

The freshman from Tallahassee's North Florida Christian School spent most of the night playing a hybrid defensive back/linebacker position.

"My role tonight was pretty much run support with a little coverage thrown in, with a few blitzes. I had a variety of things I was doing tonight," Blanks said on Saturday night.

One of four Tiger defenders to record a tackle for loss against the Seminoles, Blanks wouldn't mind moving to either safety or cornerback.

In fact, Blanks doesn't care where he plays, as long as it improves a Clemson defense that ranks 93rd in the country.

"Right now, I'm just doing whatever the team needs me to do, whether that's safety, corner, nickel," he said. "The coaches just have me in a spot right now that the team needs me at. In the future, I will be playing, probably, more safety or corner.

"Right now, the team needs me in this position."

As a four-star prospect in the class of 2012, Blanks thought he might play cornerback during his time at Clemson.

To this point, he hasn't received any work at the position.

Dabo Swinney said during Sunday night's teleconference that Blanks won't get any time at cornerback.

"I don't see him at corner, right now," Swinney said. "He's really doing a good job. You're going to eventually see him at safety. He'll be a guy starting at safety for us, probably next year, and possibly play some this year. He's really done a good job in the role that we've put him in."

Despite what might look like a solid night on the stat sheet, Swinney said Blanks did make a few mistakes against Florida State.

"We probably had a couple of mismatches with him last night, but he competed his tail off…he plays hard, he gets better, it's important to him, he tries to play with technique," Swinney said.

Swinney added, "I just see him getting better and better. He's a good player and I think he's got a bright future."

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