Five things to watch on Saturday

Quarterback isn't the only position battle that we've been tracking this spring. We'll be keeping an eye on that and a few other things during Saturday's spring game.

The team will be split into two groups. One will dress in orange, the other in white. All quarterbacks will sport purple.

One team will be coached by half of the assistants, the other half run by the rest of the coaching staff. Dabo Swinney will float around the field throughout the afternoon. Chad Morris and Brent Venables will spend the day calling generic plays for both offenses and defenses.

The quarterbacks

Who wasn't looking forward to watching what Deshaun Watson had in store for his first on-field appearance in Memorial Stadium? While Watson certainly was part of the attraction, Chad Kelly and Cole Stoudt still generate plenty of interest.

It will be our first look at how those guys look throwing the ball against an actual defense, not just air.

Kelly will quarterback one team. Stoudt will take the other. Watson was going to bounce back and forth between the two, had he not cracked his right collarbone on Monday.

This will be the first opportunity for everyone to make their choice about which guy may or may not have the edge in the race to be Tajh Boyd's successor.

Midyear enrollees

Demarre Kitt wears No. 8. He'll be at the wide receiver position that guys like DeAndre Hopkins and Martavis Bryant played during their Clemson careers.

Kyrin Priester is No. 17. He'll work out of the slot position that Jaron Brown and Adam Humphries occupied.

Artavis Scott will be in the No. 3 jersey at Sammy Watkins' 2-position.

Chris Register, the lone linebacker of the four, sports No. 45. He'll work in the middle at MIKE.

Young corners

Alexander is one of the top cornerbacks signed by Clemson during the Swinney Era.
Clemson fans have been itching to see Mackensie Alexander go to work since he popped for the Tigers on Signing Day in 2013. After being forced to redshirt last fall because of a groin injury, Alexander is healthy and ready to roll in 2014.

The hype train certainly is rolling right along. Just about every person who was asked about Alexander during spring practice had good things to say, really good things to say. Folks are excited, as they should be.

Cordrea Tankersley remains on the uptick. The long, lanky sophomore played only a handful of snaps last season. Most of his 2013 work was on special teams. He's one of the fastest guys on the team and has been a personal favorite since he was at Silver Bluff High School.

We'd be remiss if Adrian Baker and Marcus Edmond weren't mentioned. While they haven't been mentioned nearly as much as the other two, it will be nice to finally see how far both have come since their senior seasons in high school.

Health, wealth and happiness

Coaches around the country hold their breath through these things. The ultimate goal is to make sure everybody walks away. That didn't happen last year.

Chad Kelly and Sam Cooper both tore their ACLs. Kalon Davis got banged up. It was not an ideal scenario, one that probably had folks wanting the game to just be over, and it wasn't even halftime.

There is one way to look at a spring game injury: There are over four months before the start of the season.

The future participants

Clemson has a number of big-time recruiting days sprinkled throughout the year. The spring game is one of them. The third and final Junior Day of the year, it will present an opportunity for Clemson to showcase itself to some of the prospects from around the country.

After picking up commitments from Jake Fruhmorgen and Chad Smith on Thursday, more could be in store over the weekend. While there aren't any projections to pull the trigger, there are a few who could pop for Clemson on Saturday.

Greenwood cornerback Kaleb Chalmers has been to town several times over the last year. Most perceive Clemson as the team to beat. The Tigers are the team to beat for Emerald defensive tackle Gage Cervenka, who picked up his offer while on campus several days ago. Then, of course, there's Antonio Parks, the defensive back from Reserve, La. who wanted to commit after he was offered last Friday.

We'll see how it all plays out on Saturday. Top Stories