Crowder ready to start?

This redshirt freshman offensive lineman will be one of several new faces making noise as preseason camp gets underway Friday evening.

With the losses of All-ACC tackle Brandon Thomas and interior trenchman Tyler Shatley, the Tigers enter the 2014 season with a couple of questions on the offensive line.

Can depth be established at right tackle?

How will Clemson handle David Beasley's suspension in the season opener at Georgia?

Is Kalon Davis ready to take the next step and will he contribute significantly playing multiple positions?

And, can a first or second-year player make an impact?

And all of this comes as the offense breaks in a new quarterback, running back and at least two new starting wide receivers.

While it's way too early to know if there's legitimate reason for concern up front, it's important to note that one potential solution could come from one of Clemson's top signees in the 2013 recruiting class - Tyrone Crowder.

Crowder reported to camp Thursday at 322 pounds, more than 20 pounds less than where he was this time a year ago.

Originally a four-star prospect, Crowder has done a remarkable job in just one year in the program, learning the offense while also continuing to reshape his body.

"I think he's capable of being a starter," Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell tells CUTigers. "I really do. The one thing people forget about him is that he's smart, and he's worked very hard since we got him here. He loves working in the weight room and he's made a lot of strides there too which is encouraging.

"Whether he starts or not, is to up him."

There's also the physical component to his game.

Behind the scenes, that's one of aspects Crowder brings to the table that Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris have wanted to see more of in the trenches.

"I've heard some good things," said Morris regarding Crowder. "But we'll find out pretty quick once camp starts whether or not he's ready. In my mind I think I have a pretty good idea, but we'll see."

Crowder enters preseason camp officially listed as the backup at right guard behind Kalon Davis.

But don't be surprised if he makes a move by the time the end of August arrives. Top Stories