Ready for the next step

CLEMSON - Vic Beasley is ready to take the next step in his development as one of the premier pass rushers in all of college football.

And it doesn't have much to do with his ability as a player.

"Honestly, I just want to improve in the run game. But, at the same time, I want to improve the focus of my teammates and their commitment level," Beasley said, after the Orange and White spring game. "I feel like that's a big factor in us being successful this year."

Beasley exited spring ball feeling pretty good about his growth, but he felt even better about his efforts in the leadership department.

"I would say I had a decent spring. I was able to help players around me become better and I was able to make myself become better," he said. "At the end of the day, I'm just proud of my teammates starting to come along and become great players just like me."

Apart of the 24-5 win by the White team, Beasley registered just one sack during the spring game. Opposite of him at the other defensive end was Tavares Barnes, who stole the show with five sacks.

Beasley said Barnes has made significant strides over the last calendar year.

"His motor has really picked up from last spring. His commitment level has increased therefore his motor has increased also. You can just see it," Beasley said. "He's definitely getting to the quarterback. Tavares will get tired here and there after a couple of reps, but he's been putting in work since the last offseason. Going into the spring, you could see it's helping out for him."

Just imagine how strong the Clemson defensive line could be in 2014 if Barnes elevates his game to the level that Beasley, Grady Jarrett, DeShawn Williams and others have reached.

Beasley already has a high opinion of the group.

"Our defensive line is probably the best defensive line in the country," he said. "We just proved it once again [during the spring game]. This is just the beginning."

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