Spence Has Found His Tight End

CLEMSON – Unlike in Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden's offense, the tight end is a very important part in new offensive coordinator Rob Spence's game plan. And ever since he accepted the job, Spence has been looking for players to fill that role. Well, he's finally found one. <br>

When spring practice starts March 11, rising senior defensive end Bobby Williamson, who tied for second on the team with five sacks last year in his first season on defense, is being moved back to tight end, a place he spent his first two years, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning confirmed to CUTigers.com.

If all goes well this spring, Williamson will play tight end in 2005.

"We're up to our ears in defensive linemen and ends," Koenning said. "We've got to do what's best for the team."

Last season at defensive end, Williamson played 287 plays, where he had 30 tackles, seven of which were for a loss, with five of them being sacks.

As a freshman and sophomore, Williamson compiled 17 total receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown. He also has 12 career starts at that position.

Williamson will likely be used in the traditional tight end sense, on the line of scrimmage and next to a tackle. Spence's offense will also use the H-back, which is when the tight end lines up behind the tackle and used primarily as a receiver, much is the same fashion as former NFL star Shannon Sharpe.

As a sophomore, Williamson had 12 catches for 105 yards, the best among tight ends. He had a career-high five caches for 32 yards at N.C. State, which was the most by a Clemson tight end since Bennie Cunningham had five against Wake Forest in 1975.

In 11 games last season, tight end Ben Hall had just nine catches for 142 yards and one touchdown. He was the only tight end to make a catch last year. Expect that number to rise significantly in 2005.

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