Redshirt players to watch

A handful of redshirt freshman could be poised for significant playing time in 2015. The next two weeks will be critical for each one of them to make it happen.

WR Trevion Thompson
Thompson was the last wide receiver to report to Clemson from the 2014 recruiting class so he was already well behind Artavis Scott, Demarre Kitt and Ky Priester when preseason camp started in August. Still, he looked like the one freshman wide out who was the most physically ready to play. With Priester and and Kitt transferring out of the program, there will be an opportunity for Thompson to get serious snaps next season - even with the arrival of future star Deon Cain. Don't be surprised to hear high praise for this North Carolina native in the next few weeks.

LB Chris Register
Register was an early enrollee but with linebackers like Stephone Anthony, Tony Steward, Ben Boulware, B.J. Goodson and others all ahead of him on the depth chart, serious playing time was going to be difficult to come by. Register began the season weighing in at over 245 pounds and has gained more good weight since then. He even received random from Dabo Swinney during an end of the season press conference. Make no mistake about it, Chris Register figures to be a major force in the coming seasons.

LB Korie Rogers
Rogers, like Register, was physically impressive during preseason camp. He also brought in rave reviews from Dabo Swinney. Now standing in at 6-2, 240 pounds, Rogers will receive heavy reps on special teams next season and should get a chance in a reserve role with Brent Venables defense as well.

TE Milan Richard
The nephew of former Georgia great Herschel Walker, the 6-2, 245 pound Richard could be just as good of a pass catcher as Jordan Leggett and likely a better blocker. Even with the loss of coordinator Chad Morris to SMU, the Clemson offense figures to make the tight end position an integral part of the passing game in coming years and that could mean huge production for an athlete like Richard. Like Thompson, Register and Rogers, Richard definitely passes the eye test. Physically, he's ready to go.

RB C.J. Fuller
With all the talk about young backs like Tyshon Dye, Wayne Gallman and Adam Choice, plus freshman Ray Ray McCloud arriving next year, it's easy for Fuller to get lost in the shuffle in the backfield. The Easley, S.C. native is one of the bigger backs on the roster, and he also could play one of several positions if need be -- could a position change be in the works at some point? Fuller could provide depth in the secondary in coming years, or try to work his way up the depth chart at running back. Either way, he's one to watch as practice continues this month. Top Stories