Defensive Position Changes in Order

CLEMSON – CUTigers.com is the only media outlet to exclusively obtain the official three-deep list at each defensive position as Clemson prepares to enter spring workouts, drills and practice. Several players have already switched positions, including safety C.J. Gaddis. Read on to find out more!

This list obviously doesn't include the crop of incoming freshmen, some of who are expected to see playing time immediately.

When thinking of the incoming players and those returning, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning was pretty impressed.

"It's getting so you're going to have to be pretty darn salty to get some playing time around here," he said.

Defensive Line
Bandit NG DT DE
Gaines Adams Rashaad Jackson Dorell Scott Phillip Merling
Brandon Cannon Jacquez McKissic Etta Etta-Tawo Antwon Murchison
Kwam Williams Elsmore Gabriel

NOTE: There could very well be some movement here. It is very possible that Cannon will move to end, which will cause Murchison to move to tackle, which will cause Gabriel to move to nose guard.


Linebacker
WILLMLBSAM
Nick WatkinsAnthony WatersTramaine Billie
Josh MillerCortney VincentAntonio Clay or Maurice Nelson
Kavell ConnerAdrian Kindred

NOTE: Vincent, who played behind Adams at Bandit last year, has asked to be moved to middle linebacker, which caused Clay to switch to SAM. If Vincent doesn't stay at middle linebacker and goes back to Bandit, that will cause the chain reaction movement with the defensive line and also move Clay back to MLB, leaving Nelson as the No. 2 SAM.


Secondary
BCFSCATFC
Duane ColemanChris ClemonsMichael HamlinC.J. Gaddis
Sergio GilliamChris RussellSadat ChambersHaydrian Lewis
Ray Ray McElrathbeyRoy WalkerBrandon CroleyChris Chancellor

NOTE: The boundary cornerback slots could change rather quickly with McElrathbey jumping ahead of Gilliam if Gilliam doesn't improve from last year. Also, there is expected to be a major battle for the starting job between Clemons, the incumbent, and Russell, who is already believed to be one of the best players on defense. In addition, C.J. Gaddis has moved from cat safety to cornerback. (BC = Boundary Corner, FC = Field Corner)

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