Re-shuffling the cornerbacks

CLEMSON - Mike Reed's cornerback group will be a little short-handed for the first half of Saturday's game at Maryland.

Garry Peters, the top backup at the position, has played 177 snaps this season. But he'll remain on the shelf for a second-straight week after undergoing foot. Bashaud Breeland, who's started all seven games in 2013, will sit-out the first half because of the targeting penalty he was flagged for against Florida State.

Darius Robinson, the other starter in each game this season, will be joined on the outside by Martin Jenkins, who's played primarily at nickel back during his Clemson career.

Brent Venables is comfortable with sliding Jenkins to Breeland's vacant starting spot, despite the lack of game day reps.

"He works with the DBs everyday. He works in the 1-on-1s and goes over technique everyday," Venables said. "He'll be fine…he's every bit as good as the other guys. We'll be happy to have him out there."

Behind Robinson and Jenkins will be freshman Cordrea Tankersley, a former four-star prospect, according to Scout.com.

"He's a big guy and he's got speed," Venables said.

Despite playing only three snaps this season, Dabo Swinney is excited about seeing Tankersley get some more run on Saturday.

"He's one of those guys I'm really excited about, hasn't really gotten in the mix as much," Swinney said. "We've had pretty good depth at corner and those guys have played really well." Swinney expects Peters to be back by the Georgia Tech game, at the earliest. In the meantime, Tankersley will see an increased role.

"Cordrea will get a lot of opportunities," Swinney said. "He's long, he can run, he's one of the fastest guys we've got. He's a very conscientious guy, he's tough. He's a young guy that's going to get an opportunity. We'll see how he does."

Fortunately, for whoever plays cornerback for Clemson on Saturday, Maryland will be without their top two wide receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long.

But Jenkins doesn't think that way. He always wants to play against the best that the other team has to offer.

"That's definitely something as a DB, you look forward to," Jenkins said. "Of course, I wish they could play."

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