Spring position battles: RG

It was around this time two years ago that Dabo Swinney announced that Tyler Shatley would be moving from defensive tackle to offensive guard.

The decision proved to be a good one. In two seasons, Shatley had 60 knockdowns in 1,776 snaps over 25 games at right guard, all of which he started.

Spring Candidates

Kalon Davis, Redshirt Senior
Davis has spent most of his career working at left guard, but he did start at right guard against S.C. State last season. For his career, he has 22 knockdowns in 715 snaps over 36 games [eight starts].

Heading into the spring, Davis projects as the favorite to win the starting right guard job.

Eric MacLain, Redshirt Junior
Recruited to Clemson as a tight end, MacLain began the transition to the offensive line during his redshirt freshman season in 2012. MacLain has seven knockdowns in 178 snaps over 26 games in his career.

Right guard isn't the only position where MacLain could compete for playing time. He could also be in the mix for the starting right tackle job.

Jerome Maybank, Redshirt Junior
Maybank arrived to Clemson as a defensive tackle. He stayed there through most of his first year on campus before being moved to offensive guard. In each of the last two seasons, Maybank has appeared in one game and logged three snaps.

In addition to right guard, Maybank could also provide depth at left guard.

Spencer Region, Redshirt Junior
As a reserve last season, Region appeared in one game, logging seven snaps against S.C. State. As a red shirt freshman in 2012, he had two knockdowns in 61 snaps over five games.

Like Maybank, Region could potentially compete for a spot on the depth chart at either of the two guard positions.

Tyrone Crowder, Redshirt Freshman
Crowder spent his first season on the Clemson campus with a redshirt. His future position at Clemson could be left guard.

Crowder was ranked by Scout.com as the No. 4 offensive guard in the class of 2013.


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