Tim DeBeer was an All-DeKalb County performer as a senior at Marist High School. He redshirted his freshman year (2002) and saw limited action in a reserve role on the offensive line last season.
Tim DeBeer will be a reserve lineman in 2004 that will serve primarily as a back up to Marion Dukes at right tackle. He's made significant strides over the course of the past 12 months and should see an increased role this fall. Last season, he saw action four games, playing a total of 13 snaps.
As documented throughout the course of the last few months, the left and right tackle positions have been a concern for the Clemson coaching staff. In an effort to help spark competition this spring, Tommy Bowden moved Tim DeBeer to the left tackle spot briefly before the Orange & White game. The move wouldn't last however, and DeBeer quickly settled back in on the right side.
DeBeer actually moved ahead of Marion Dukes briefly during spring practice, in fact, he started the Orange & White game. However now he's listed behind Dukes once again on the depth chart heading to the start of fall practice.
The Atlanta native suffered a sprained ankle and a sprained knee on a field goal attempt during the Orange & White game, but he should be ready to go this fall. He also suffered a dislocated ankle within the first two weeks of spring practice in 2003, so injuries are a concern.
DeBeer turned some heads during spring practice, but the bulk of his work clearly lies ahead of him. This fall, he'll have to contend with incoming freshmen Cory Lambert and possibly Barry Richardson for playing time.