Searching for Shuey's replacement

Spencer Shuey endeared himself to Clemson fans in the 2012 Georgia Tech game when he pulled down Orwin Smith in the West End Zone for a safety.

Shuey logged 24 snaps in that win over Georgia Tech. At the time, it was the fourth-highest snap count of his career. In Clemson's next game against Virginia Tech, Shuey was a starter at middle linebacker. He started every game for the rest of the 2012 season before moving to weak-side linebacker in 2013.

In his final season, Shuey finished second on the team with 118 tackles. His 747 snaps were third-most on the team, behind only Robert Smith and Stephone Anthony. Shuey also had 7.5 tackles for loss, four fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

Spring Candidates

Tony Steward, Senior
As Shuey's backup last season, Steward played a career-high 167 snaps. He recorded 29 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble. After the season, he was named Defensive MVP for the Clemson special teams. Steward was credited with eight special teams tackles.

The former four-star prospect is the odds on favorite to win the starting job this spring and keep a hold of it through the 2014 season.

B.J. Goodson, Redshirt Junior
Goodson missed several games in the middle of the season because of a concussion. He played just 33 snaps and was credited with five tackles.

Goodson could compete for the starting weak-side job and for the No. 2 middle linebacker spot behind Anthony.

Kellen Jones, Redshirt Junior
Jones was working towards more playing time before suffering a torn ACL during practice. He appeared in just three games, logging 37 snaps. Jones had 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.

Jones could play any of the three linebacker positions and could figure into some of the sub-packages if he's not starting at one of the outside spots. Top Stories