Summer Position Glimpse: OT

Clemson will have to replace two-time All-ACC left tackle Brandon Thomas, who was picked in the third-round of the NFL Draft by the 49ers.

Also gone from the group are Gifford Timothy and Patrick Destefano, both of whom retired from football last season because of injuries.

Projected starters: Junior Isaiah Battle, Junior Shaq Anthony

Backups: Battle, who was moved into the starting right tackle spot half-way through last season, is backed by Anthony, according to the post-spring depth chart released by the school. Anthony, the projected starter at right tackle, is scheduled to work ahead of Joe Gore, after he serves a one-game suspension.

What we learned this spring: Just before spring practice began, Dabo Swinney announced that Anthony would be one of four players suspended for the Georgia game. To help make up for the lack of numbers at the position, several players worked at the position. A number of other players could work at tackle this season, including Eric MacLain, Maverick Morris and Kalon Davis.

Long-term: Things could get dicey this fall if Battle and/or Anthony have to miss any time with an injury. That's why the Clemson coaches were hard up for offensive tackles in the 2015 signing class. Four are committed: Mitch Hyatt, a five-star, Jake Fruhmorgen, a four-star, and two three stars in Zach Giella and Noah Green.

Moving forward: The Clemson coaches believe that Battle has the ability to be one of the most talented offensive linemen to play at Clemson in a long, long time. It's been a bit of a rocky road along the way for Battle, but it would appear that he's ready to take over as the blind-side protector. Right tackle could be among the biggest concerns on the entire team. Anthony's been up-and-down during his career and Gore has been plagued by injuries since moving over from defensive end.

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