Summer Position Glimpse: DE

Every defensive end from last season's Orange Bowl winning team will be back for Clemson in 2014.

There are going to be some long Saturdays for offensive tackles around the ACC.

Defensive End


Projected Starters: RS senior Vic Beasley, Senior Corey Crawford

Backups: While Crawford is listed as a starter, he won't be available to start or play in the opener against Georgia because of a suspension. It would appear that Shaquille Lawson and Tavaris Barnes will be the top contenders to fill in for him down in Athens. Lawson emerged last season as a quality backup and is expected to take another jump this season. He also played more snaps than Barnes [337-292]. Martin Aiken is the only other end on the roster with any playing experience [60 snaps].

What we learned in the spring: Barnes is entering his final season at Clemson with a renewed sense of purpose. While some might wonder where it's been, other might say that it's better late than never. Now, it's a matter of seeing just how that will translate to the field.

Long-term future: After this season, Beasley, Crawford and Barnes will all be gone. Lawson, Aiken, Kevin Dodd, Ebenezer Ogundeko, Dane Rogers and 2014 signee Richard Yeargin III are the only defensive ends projected to be on the Clemson roster in 2015, but that doesn't mean there won't be others.

Clemson appears to be in line to sign 1-2 defensive ends in the current recruiting cycle. They're after a number of notable prospects, including five stars Josh Sweat and Ricky DeBerry and four stars Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant and Michael Barnett.

Moving forward: Over the last decade or so, the position has been one of the strongest at Clemson. From Gaines Adams to Da'Quan Bowers to Andre Branch and now Beasley, there's a standard at the position. Lawson, who had 34 tackles and four sacks as a freshman in 2013, appears to be next in line.

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