Who Plays? Who Red-shirts?

CLEMSON - CUTigers.com looks into its crystal ball and predicts which freshmen will see the field this season. (pictured left: former four-star tight end Dwayne Allen)

#1. DE Da'Quan Bowers - There's no question here. He's the backup strong side end and will make a bid to become the starter by mid-season. While he did report to camp somewhat overweight, he's not going to be needed for 70 snaps right away. Bowers will be on the field by the second series against the Crimson Tide.

#2. LB Stanley Hunter - Hunter, now two years removed from high school but still waiting to officially begin his freshman season could move into a starting role at some point this year. The question is will it be at the WILL or MIKE linebacker positions? He's cross training at both and looking pretty good in the process. Don't be surprised if he's the most productive freshman of the 2008 season.

#3. RB Jamie Harper - Scout.com's No. 5 running back proved extremely worthy of that ranking during preseason camp. The question is not will he play, but how much? A versatile jumbo-sized back with surprising quickness that will instantly help the Tigers in short-yardage and goal line situations. The buzz surrounding his arrival on campus has already surpassed legendary proportions.

#4. RB Andre Ellington - The staff wants Ellington to get a year of experience under his belt in case C.J. Spiller decides to leave Clemson for the NFL after his junior season. He won't garner the same amount of carries as Harper, but he's been impressive throughout the preseason.

#5. LS Matt Skinner - The Tigers signed Skinner, a long snapper, this past February and he has quietly gotten the job done during the preseason, pushing slightly ahead of walk-ons Eddie Adams and Charles Roediger. A good long snapper is one you never read about on web sites like this. So far so good.

#6. TE Dwayne Allen - He's the fastest tight end on the roster and will see a healthy dose of playing time on special teams. If he can demonstrate a better understanding of the offense, he'll catch a few passes along the way this season as well.

#7. OL Antoine McClain - With Landon Walker securing the No. 3 tackle spot, McClain has some work to do to see the field, but it will happen, and likely happen early in the year. Look for him to get playing time against Alabama playing behind Cory Lambert at right tackle. What he does from there is up him.

#8. P Dawson Zimmerman - He's been neck and neck with senior Jimmy Maners throughout preseason camp for the starting position and don't be surprised if he gets an early opportunity against Alabama in 10 days. The staff wants to see more height on punts this year and Zimmerman is just the man to do it.

#9. WR Marquan Jones - Remember this guy? He was the star of spring practice but has seemingly been lost in the shuffle during preseason camp. Don't worry, there's been no drop off according to Tommy Bowden and he's set to play this season after enrolling at Clemson in January.

#10. NG Brandon Thompson - Defensive line coach Chris Rumph calls him "explosive." In several scrimmages, he's been a one-man wrecking crew playing at nose guard. Somehow, some way, big Brandon Thompson will find his way on the field this year. He's too talented not to.

#11. S Spencer Adams - Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning wants to redshirt his talented freshman safety, but the lack of depth won't allow for it. Adams is the fastest defensive back Clemson has and will be needed near the end of the season.

#12. S Rashard Hall - Hall showed nice athleticism by blocking a punt in practice earlier this week and may be more physically ready to see the field when compared to Spencer Adams. Bottom line- he plays.

NEXT IN LINE: Jonathan Willard, Jaron Brown, Matt Sanders.

Going on this analysis, 12 members of Clemson's 2008 recruiting class, which was ranked No. 11 in the nation by Scout.com, will see the field as true freshmen.

That means 13 players in the class will redshirt, including LB Jonathan Willard, WR Jaron Brown, OL Matt Sanders, K Spencer Benton, QB Jon Richt, QB Kyle Parker, CB Xavier Brewer, WR Branden Ford, LB Tarik Rollins, OL Dalton Freeman, LB Carlton Lewis, LB Daniel Andrews, and OL Kenneth Page.

In addition, one signee did not qualify (Jarrett Crittenton) and eventually enrolled at Middle Tennessee State.

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