The post-spring review: safety

With the 2013 edition of spring practice now in the books, CUTigers is on to safety in the position by position look at the Clemson roster.

In the mix

Travis Blanks: During his freshman season, Blanks logged 563 snaps, mostly at the nickel position. He recorded 51 tackles, two tackles for loss, seven pass breakups and an interception. Blanks was moved to his more natural position of free safety before the start of spring practice.

Robert Smith: After playing 59 snaps as a freshman in 2011, Smith played 104 snaps a season later. A strong safety, Smith has 23 tackles and one interception during his Clemson career. He's good in run-support but has struggled against play-action early in his career.

Ronald Geohaghan: When Geohaghan signed with Clemson, he was ranked by Scout.com as the No. 23 safety in the class of 2012. Geohaghan was also rated as a four-star. After red-shirting his first season, he's expected to see time as a reserve player this fall.

Jerrodd Williams: Signed by Virginia Tech out of Daniel High School in 2009, the redshirt senior has not recorded a snap during his time at Clemson. Last season, Williams appeared in six games as a special teams contributor before breaking his leg in practice.

Jadar Johnson: An early enrolled freshman, Johnson missed some time during the spring after suffering an elbow injury.

Joining the mix

Several safeties will be added to the roster later this summer. Scheduled to arrive to campus later this summer are Ryan Carter, Jayron Kearse and Korrin Wiggins. T.J. Green and Cordrea Tankersley could also find themselves at safety.

The Clemson coaching staff hopes to add one or two more safeties in the 2014 signing haul.


Johnson was one of four freshmen to enroll at Clemson in January.

Key storyline

Regarding the safeties, the biggest storyline of the spring was the lack of depth at the position. And the few who were around for spring practice were very green. Not a single player on the Clemson roster has started a game at safety.

Blanks entered and exited the spring as the starter at free safety, like Smith did with the strong safety position.

Candidate to be a star

Back at his natural position, Blanks is primed to emerge as one of the top players on the Clemson defense. The former four-star recruit was a second-team Freshman All-America last season, according to FoxSportNext.com. The next step in his progression would be a spot on one of the All-ACC teams.

Looking ahead to the fall

Blanks and Smith drew positive reviews from Brent Venables and Dabo Swinney throughout the spring. But there wasn't much said -- good or bad -- said about any of the other players that went through spring practice.

Wiggins and Kearse will enter fall camp with plenty of expectations from both the fans and coaches. Wiggins will push for time at free safety and Kearse projects as a potential fit at strong safety.

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