Tigers Practice in Nashville

NASHVILLE – With absence of starting boundry corner Duane Coleman, Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning has been trying to figure how he's going to fill the senior's void. With only one Music City Bowl practice left, he's got his answer.

Junior C.J. Gaddis will move from his customary field corner spot to Coleman's vacant boundry corner position, with redshirt freshman Chris Chancellor getting the start in Gaddis's old spot.

"The situation is like the rest of the situations we've been in this year," Koenning said. "We're just going to roll up our sleeves and see if we can find the best guy for that spot and move on and not feel sorry for ourselves. We're just going to try and do the best we can."

Even though both spots are listed as cornerback, in reality they're two completely different positions.

"The biggest difference I'd say is that it's more physical there at boundry," Gaddis said. "On the field side, you've got a lot more ground to cover and it's more a foot job. You don't get caught up in the battle all of the time like you do in the boundry."

Senior Sergio Gilliam and sophomore Haydrian Lewis will also likely see some time there, Koenning said. However, he admitted that Gilliam and Butler have struggled there in the last few practices.

True freshman Crezdon Butler practiced some at boundry, but struggled and was moved back to field corner.

Starting is nothing new for Chancellor. He got the start against Florida State, Louisiana Tech and South Carolina.

Nonetheless, Chancellor wishes his increased role in the bowl game would have come under different circumstances.

"Duane was a great player and an outstanding player," he said. "He brought a lot to the table. But when one goes down, somebody else must step up. Whether it's Crezdon Butler, Sergio Gilliam, Haydrian Lewis or C.J. Gaddis, somebody's going to step up and fill that hole."

Against the Gamecocks, Chancellor played 53 snaps, had four tackles and two pass breakups.

Butler, who has seen him playing time increase dramatically from the beginning of the season, will backup Chancellor. Butler finished the regular season with three interceptions and earned Freshman All-ACC honors.

"I think we're going to be OK," Butler said of two freshmen responsible for one corner spot. "We're used to it by now."

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