Post-spring review: DE

A full month to the day since the Orange and White spring game, we're on to the defensive ends in the post-spring review series.

In the mix

Corey Crawford: As a sophomore, Crawford started every game in 2012. He was in on 47 tackles, six tackles for loss and one sack in 575 snaps.

Tavaris Barnes: Barnes had 24 tackles in 232 snaps over 12 games last season. He and Crawford are currently listed as co-starters at left defensive end.

Victor Beasley: One of the more pleasant surprises on the team last year, Beasley led Clemson with eight sacks. He played only 288 snaps. Malliciah Goodman, who was second on the team in sacks, played 622 snaps. After spring practice, Beasley was listed as the starter at right defensive end.

Kevin Dodd: Dodd appeared in eight games in 2012, logging 87 snaps. He picked up six tackles. Dodd exited the spring as the backup to Beasley.

Martin Aiken: After a redshirt first season on campus, Aiken is currently listed as the No. 3 at right defensive end.

Shaquille Lawson: The former Daniel High School standout spent last fall at Hargrave Military Academy. He enrolled at Clemson in January and went through spring practice. Lawson is currently third on the depth chart behind Crawford and Barnes.

Ebenezer Ogundeko: It looks like the 2013 season will yield a redshirt for Ogundeko since he wasn't listed on the post-spring depth chart. The early enrolled freshmen committed to Clemson at the Under Armour game, days before he moved to Tigertown.

Joining the mix

Three defensive ends were signed by Clemson in the 2013 haul. Two were on campus by the time Dane Rogers put his name to paper. When he gets to Clemson, Rogers is projected to play on the left-side.


According to Andrew Williams, Marion Hobby told him he's the top DE on the board.
Clemson has draft eligible players at defensive end -- Crawford, Barnes, Beasley and Dodd -- but it doesn't seem likely that any will declare early. Not yet, at least.

The plan is to sign one more defensive end in the 2014 haul. Atop that list is four-star Andrew Williams of Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Ga.

Among the others with Clemson offers are five-star Lorenzo Carter, four-star Kentavius Street, four-star Jalyn Holmes and four-star Jesse Aniebonam.

Key storyline

Other than Beasley, someone is going to have to emerge as a threat off the edge in pass rushing situations.

Plus, Beasley will have to sustain the level he reached last season. And that could be tough, because he won't be surprising anyone in 2013. Beasley's name will be at the top of the opponent's scouting report every week.

Candidate to be a star

Beasley emerged in a big way last season. So his next step forward would be towards stardom.

Coaches and teammates raved about his performance during the spring. Dabo Swinney called Beasley one of the best players on the team.

His stock is trending in the right direction.

Looking ahead to the fall

So Beasley is being counted on for building of his breakout 2012 season.

One might call the 2013 season make-or-break for both Barnes and Crawford. That's the case because they'll have one or two freshmen lurking behind them.

Swinney believes Dodd is poised for a breakout 2013. And Aiken will get his first crack at playing time on Saturdays.

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