#5. TE Brian Linthicum
Linthicum has an advantage here because he was one of five freshmen to enroll at Clemson in January. Considering that he'll be practicing this spring and that Clemson utilizes a large number of two and three tight end sets, there's a good chance he'll see the field early in his career. He's also proven himself as a workhorse in the weight room- another plus in the eyes of the staff. "If you come in early, learn the offense, get bigger and do the things they ask you'll have a chance to content for a spot," Linthicum said during his first week on campus.
#4. WR Marcus Gilchrist
With C.J. Gaddis and Duane Coleman gone, and with Byron Maxwell going down with an ACL injury, it will be imperative for at least one, maybe two freshmen defensive backs to play in 2007. Gilchrist is much in the mold of current Tiger DB Crezdon Butler and figures to see the field early as a corner and also on special teams.
#3. DE Miguel Chavis
At 6-4, 260 pounds, Miguel Chavis has the size to contribute in his first year at Clemson. While he committed to the Tigers over Georgia late in the recruiting process and with little fanfare, Chavis is an extremely hard worker who has improved all aspects of his game in the last year. "I've got a swagger and I've been playing at a high level because of the talent around me," Chavis said in a recent interview. "But really, hard work pays off."
#2. DB DeAndre McDaniel
McDaniel was one of the top players in Florida just last year before having to enroll at Fork Union to get his academics squared away. Blessed with legitimate 4.4 speed, McDaniel also has the ability to play safety or cornerback- which makes him a valuable addition to the Clemson secondary. Combine his speed and versatility with the fact he'll be practicing with the team this spring and you have a low probability of a redshirt.
#1. QB Willy Korn
As if it would be anybody else? For two years Clemson fans have waited to see what Korn can at the college level. This spring, that wait comes to an end. While he'll start off No. 4 on the depth chart, the insider opinion is that he'll eventually overtake Cullen Harper as the starter. Whether that happens this spring, before the season opener or later, depends on how fast he adjusts to the college game. By the way, Korn, like Linthicum, has already turned heads in the weight room.
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