Spring position battles: CB

Clemson will need to replace both starting cornerbacks from last year's defense, which ranked 16th in the country against the pass.

Bashaud Breeland and Darius Robinson combined to start 25 games in 2013.

Breeland, who was one of three juniors from Clemson to declare for the draft, finished with 71 tackles, five tackles for loss, four interceptions and 13 pass breakups.

Voted a senior captain by the team, Robinson had 37 tackles, three tackles for loss, three interceptions, one of which was a pick-6 and three pass breakups.

Spring Candidates

Martin Jenkins, Redshirt Senior
Even though he dealt with a shoulder injury through most of 2013, Jenkins played 311 snaps in 13 games [four starts]. He had 26 tackles, one interception, one tackle for loss and three pass breakups. Before last season, Jenkins played 677 snaps over 38 games [seven starts].

If Jenkins isn't occupying one of the outside cornerback positions, he'll probably be working inside at nickel or dime.

Garry Peters, Redshirt Senior
Peters appeared in 10 games and logged 247 snaps last season. He finished with 22 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and four pass breakups. As a freshman and sophomore, Peters played 534 snaps over 23 games [five starts].

Peters is likely to step in and replace Breeland at the boundary cornerback spot [short-side of the field].

Alexander is expected to be 100 percent healthy for spring practice.
Mackensie Alexander, Redshirt Freshman
The presence of four veteran cornerbacks in 2013 wasn't going to keep Alexander from avoiding a redshirt during his first season on campus. He was going to play as a true freshman, but a groin injury forced him to sit last season.

The top-rated cornerback signee in 2013 could log more snaps than any of his signing classmates do in 2014.

Adrian Baker, Redshirt Freshman
Baker, who suffered a knee injury during preseason camp and was redshirted last season, was once committed for Florida State. Before signing, he made his final decision between Clemson and Oklahoma.

Baker is projected as a field cornerback [wide-side].

Ryan Carter, Redshirt Freshman
One of the final additions to the Tigers' 2013 signing class, Carter worked mostly as a safety during his high school career.

Adam Humphries told CUTigers during bowl practice that Carter has been strong during his work in practice at the boundary cornerback position.

Marcus Edmond, Redshirt Freshman
Once committed to N.C. State, Edmond jumped on board after defensive backs coach Mike Reed moved from Raleigh to Clemson.

Edmond is expected to compete for time at the field cornerback.

Cordrea Tankersley, Sophomore
Tankersley avoided a redshirt last season, but played only a handful of snaps [21]. He had four tackles on defense and nine special teams tackles.

Tankersley was one of three freshman defensive backs to not redshirt in 2013.

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