Which Freshmen Will Play?

With kick-off only four days away, it's time to take a serious look at the freshman class. Who plays and who redshirts? CUTigers.com breaks it all down with some of the stand out performers from fall camp.

Will Definitely Play
OL Barry Richardson
Richardson has easily been the biggest surprise of any player in the 2004 class. He is currently listed on the second team at left tackle behind Jesse Pickens, but could claim a starting spot by mid-season if all goes according to plan.

"Right now I'm playing left tackle," told CUTigers.com last week. "I was playing right, but they switched me over during the second week of camp. So far, it looks like they are going to keep me there."

Richardson stands in currently at 6-feet-7 inches tall, and weighs 356 pounds. He is by far, the biggest lineman currently on the Tigers' roster.

WR La'Donte Harris
Physically superior athlete for a true freshman and has one of the best sets of hands on the team. Harris will play behind Airese Currie this season as H-receiver.

Over the course of preseason camp, Harris has demonstrated the abilty to catch the ball in any situation, and also has nice size for a true freshman.

"La'Donte Harris continues to look pretty good," said Tommy Bowden after reviewing the film from Saturday's scrimmage. "He's been consistent for us."

Will Probably Play
OL Akeem Robinson
Robinson has settled in at right tackle and appears to be in position to avoid a redshirt. At 260 pounds, he's somewhat undersized, but he uses his quickness and strength to compensate. He's currently listed as the third team tackle behind Marion Dukes and Tim DeBeer, but he could see action much sooner than expected should DeBeer struggle through the early stages of the season.

Could Play, But Probably Won't
DT Dorrell Scott
Came into camp with more weight than expected, but has developed nicely during the preseason. Could see playing time, but the hope is that the Tigers won't have to use him.

WR Aaron Kelly
Kelly has demonstrated the ability to catch the ball in any situation, but most continue to improve physically. He also has excellent height, but a year in the weight program will do him good. Likely to be a redshirt, but could see action if a starter goes down to injury.

CB Brandon Croley
Outstanding cornerback prospect that has shown good playmaking ability throughout the preseason. Is physically ready to play, but will redshirt this year.

Will Redshirt
CB Chris Clemons
Another nice find by the Clemson coaching staff. Matches Croley from a physical standpoint and could see the field if needed. The former high school running back is headed for a redshirt with the current depth in the secondary.

DB Adrian Kindred
Excellent strong safety candidate that could eventually grow into a linebacker. Will redshirt this year, but has a tremendous upside. Has demonstrated no fear and will put a helmet on you.

OL Taylor Tremel
Still must continue to develop in the weight room and add more size. A definite redshirt.

OL Tony Willis
Willis has nice size but must work on his strength and conditioning. A definite redshirt.

LB Cortney Vincent
One of the most likeable players on the team, but should redshirt this year and move into an inside linebacker role next season. Made a nice play that caught the eye of Tommy Bowden in the final scrimmage.

DT Rashaad Jackson
Before breaking his foot, Jackson was the one defensive lineman that was going to see playing time this year as a true freshman. Despite coming into camp at under 260 pounds, his relentless effort on every snap earned praise from the coaching staff. A definite redshirt after the injury.

QB Cullen Harper
Harper shows no ill effects of last year's injury that kept him out of all but two games at Sequoyah High School. He's shown a strong pocket presence and will battle it out with Tribble Reese for the starting position in two to three years.

QB Tribble Reese
Like Harper, Reese has also earned the praise of Tommy Bowden and the Clemson coaching staff. A true drop back passer with a strong arm and decent mobility. Will redshirt this year barring massive injuries at the quarterback position.

WR Andrew Diomande
Diomande has enjoyed a strong, but quiet camp. He needs a year to develop in the offense and also in the weight room. He has raw ability, but a definite redshirt.

DL Xavier Littleberry
Has excelled playing as a tight end, but could be moved to the defensive line on down the line. One of the best jumbo athletes signed in the 2004 class, Littleberry will redshirt this year, but keep an eye on his development.

LB Alex Pearson
The strongest of the true freshmen, Pearson will has settled in as a linebacker but could play multiple positions before his Clemson career is complete. A definite redshirt this year.

DB Mike Hamlin
An athletic playmaker in the secondary who will redshirt due to current depth chart. One of the "talkers" of the freshman class and also one of the more impressive players signed. A year in the weight room should also improve his game.

OL Bobby Hutchinson
Big lineman that will need a year to develop before seeing the field. Currently listed as the third team center, but won't play this year barring numerous injuries.

Editor's Note: During this interview Monday evening, offensive line coach Brad Scott joked with Pickens about never playing in a game before, yet he was still being interviewed. Scott told reporters afterwards that anything can happen on the depth chart between now and Saturday, but the general consensus is that Pickens will start against Wake Forest at left tackle.

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