Ranking Clemson's Tight Ends

The Tigers have plenty of options when it comes to using the tight end for the 2008 season. (pictured left: Akeem Robinson)

RANKING CLEMSON'S TIGHT ENDS
#1. Michael Palmer (6-5, 245) - JUNIOR

STRENGTHS - Size. Hands. Experience.

WEAKNESSES - Playmaking ability.

NOTES - Caught 13 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown during his sophomore year after finishing second on the team in total snaps for a true freshman in 2006 with 269. Overall, the most consistent tight end on the roster and also one of five Tigers to be named to the ACC All-Academic team in 2007. Should have his most productive season of his career in 2008.

HIGHLIGHT - (24-yard completion vs. Wake Forest)

BEST CASE 2008 STATS - 25 catches, 250 yards, 3 TDs

#2. Akeem Robinson (6-4, 260) - REDSHIRT SENIOR

STRENGTHS - Blocking. Size. Physical presence.

WEAKNESSES - Hands. Speed.

NOTES - While he hasn't caught a pass in each of his last two seasons, Robinson has played in 38 consecutive games and is an outstanding blocker. He'll be depended on to assist Clemson's young offensive line with growing pains in the early part of the 2008 season. He's not a player many fans will recognize, but he's vital to Clemson's overall success.

BEST CASE 2008 STATS - 50 knockdown blocks, 85 percent blocking grade, 2 catches, 15 yards

#3. Brian Linthicum (6-4, 235) - SOPHOMORE

STRENGTHS - Athleticism. Playmaking ability. Hands.

WEAKNESSES - Consistency.

NOTES - Caught 11 passes for 76 yards and three touchdowns during his freshman year, including a diving scoring grab for the first touchdown of the 2007 season against Florida State. Didn't have as many big plays near the end of the season as his production faded, but the future looks bright.

HIGHLIGHT - (TD versus FSU)

BEST CASE STATS - 20 catches, 225 yards, 4 TDs

#4. Durrell Barry (6-4, 250)- REDSHIRT JUNIOR

STRENGTHS - Athleticism.

WEAKNESSES - Dedication. Consistency.

NOTES - Barry is arguably as talented as any tight end on the roster, but he hasn't shown the kind of dedication needed to warrant significant playing time. After reportedly "turning the corner" last off-season, Barry caught a grand total of one pass in seven games last year.

BEST CASE STATS - 10 catches, 100 yards, 1 TD.


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