Five things to watch on Saturday

Although the spring game isn't exactly a preview of the 2013 season, it will allow for a look at several individuals who will be contributing this fall.

Here are five things we'll be watching for when the game kicks off at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The quarterbacks

When asked if it would be a safe assumption that Tajh Boyd won't play much on Saturday, Chad Morris offered a pretty straight-forward answer.

"We know what Tajh Boyd can do. Everybody knows what Tajh Boyd can do. We're not going to remember whether or not we won the spring game," Morris said. "If he gets in, I'm sure it will be limited."

What most folks aren't sure of is the backup battle between Cole Stoudt and Chad Kelly.

Stoudt, a junior, and Kelly, a redshirt freshman, have been jockeying all spring for the right to be second-team. While neither has made an undeniable case for the No. 2 job, fans and media alike will get a glimpse of the two.

It's not likely that the spring game will be the deciding factor in the battle, but it could provide some more insight as to who might have the inside track.

Bashaud Breeland has bounced back from offseason groin surgery.

Defensive backs

One of the storylines of the spring has been the lack of defensive backs. With nearly half of the scholarship cornerbacks and safeties still in high school, the veteran defensive backs have gotten plenty of work this spring.

The last time fans saw Bashaud Breeland and Darius Robinson on the field at the same time in Death Valley was the Virginia Tech game, when both went down with injuries.

Early enrolled freshman safety Jadar Johnson will make his on-field debut in front of the fans.

Plus, Travis Blanks is now working full-time at free safety. How will he look?

Chances are we won't get a look at the starting defensive backfield as a whole. But we will get to see how guys fair as individuals…like last year's game when Cortez Davis matched up with DeAndre Hopkins.

Big Battle

Had it not been for his Chick-fil-A Bowl appearance, it's probably safe to assume that there would be plenty of chatter on the message boards about Isaiah Battle and his non-redshirt first season on campus.

Since he was brought on against LSU because of Gifford Timothy's injury, the offseason chatter will center on Battle and whether or not he'll be prepared to win the starting left tackle job this fall.

Morris certainly wants him to, so does Dabo Swinney.

A good performance from Battle during the spring game could push him into the right direction for summer workouts.

The young skill

Had it not been for all the talent at the wide receiver position in 2012, Germone Hopper probably would have avoided a redshirt during his first season on campus.

Now, a redshirt freshman, Clemson fans will get their first look at the electric playmaker from Charlotte. He's playing the position that Sammy Watkins occupied for the last couple of seasons.

So look for Hopper to do lots of running around before the snap.

The biggest surprise of the spring has been the play of Jordan Leggett. Coaches and players alike have raved about how good he was all spring.

On Saturday, everyone else gets to see what all the fuss is about.

Tony McNeal, who tore an ACL in last year's game, is now a student coach.

Health, wealth and happiness

Brent Venables would just assume use the 15th workout day of the spring as a practice, not a spring game.

He could do without the Orange and White spring game. No offense, Clemson fans.

When asked what he was looking to see from Saturday's game, his first response: keep everyone healthy.

Aside from Tony McNeal's ACL tear on the final play of last year's spring game, there haven't been many serious Orange and White game injuries during the Dabo Swinney Era. Top Stories