CUTigers' Top 25 in '13: No. 20

Three of the incoming freshmen were named to our top 25 most productive in 2013 list. Mackensie Alexander is the last of the trio.

Over the next several weeks, CUTigers will roll out a list of the 25 players we think will have the most productive seasons in 2013.

No. 20

CB Mackensie Alexander, Freshman
A four-star prospect from Immokalee High School in Florida, Alexander was ranked by Scout.com as the No. 7 cornerback in the class of 2013.

The Resume

We're back to that whole freshman deal again. Should they really be included on preseason lists like this when they haven't even logged a snap of college football?

With Alexander [and the other two, for that matter], we think so.

Alexander is a ready-made college level cornerback. At 5-11, 185, he already possesses the size to come in and compete immediately for playing time. Not only is he projected to push for playing time, he's expected to earn a significant amount of playing time through the course of the season.

Moving Forward

Injuries nearly decimated the Clemson cornerback group last season. Martin Jenkins missed every game and took a redshirt after undergoing surgery in August. Darius Robinson and Bashaud Breeland were both hurt in the Virginia Tech game and missed time after that.

All three are back this season. So is Garry Peters, who was asked to fill in when Robinson and Breeland were sidelined. None of the four won a starting job. One spot on the depth chart has Peters or Breeland. The other is Robinson or Jenkins.

With Jenkins likely working as an inside cornerback, a spot on the outside will probably be open for one of the freshmen. And we believe Alexander will occupy it.

21. Robert Smith
22. Jordan Leggett
23. Quandon Christian
24. David Beasley
25. Tyshon Dye

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