And why not? He looked bad in that stadium scrimmage as he was out jumped for a touchdown pass by Marquan Jones in the end zone and then was juked out of his shoes by running back Jamie Harper when he was the last man to stand between Harper and a touchdown.
Later on in that scrimmage, he was run over by Chad Diehl in goal line
situations that led to another Harper touchdown. But that was just one
day. Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steel and defensive backs coach
Charlie Harbison say you have to look at the whole body of work from the
spring and how much Chambers improved from that first scrimmage to the
Orange and White game.
"I was very, very pleased with Sadat when you factor in everything,"
Steele said. "You have to remember, he comes out of Pageland and carried
the ball 10 million times and I don't know if he ever played defense. If
he did, I never saw tape of him playing defense.
"Then he comes here and he is a running back, DB, running back, then DB
and is going back and forth. Well that is hard to do. That's real hard to
do. So consequently, I knew that he had talent and I knew he had football
instincts, but to apply them at the safety position in a new system, and
you have to remember they move him back from offense to defense and then
he gets a new staff.
"He applied himself very well over the spring. I'm not going to sit here
and say that it is a position to where you sit and say 'oh no.'"
In fact, Chambers made enough progress in the spring that he is list as
the starter entering fall camp on the depth chart.
"He made a lot of improvement over the spring because he had not played a
lot," Harbison said. "He has taken on some leadership roles, too.
"Now he has not played a game for me, yet, so this summer has to be big
for him. And it's not just him; it's for all of these guys. How well he
works and tries to improve himself will say a lot. As he goes, we will
know more when the ball kicks off."
Sadat Chambers (5-foot-11, 190-pounds, redshirt senior, Pageland, S.C.)
About: A versatile senior defensive back that has lettered twice
at safety and once as a running back. He is the frontrunner to take the
starting spot at free safety. Has played in 37 career games as a defensive
player, special teams player and running back in his career. Has never
started a game. Has 31 career tackles.
The positives: He can play just about any position. He is also
fast and is knowledge as a college running back should help in making
decisions on where the football is going.
The negatives: He has bounced around from position to position in
his career and though he is a Jack of all trades, he is a Master of none,
including free safety where as a fifth-year he has just a little bit more
experience than the two redshirt freshmen below him on the depth chart.
Rashard Hall (6-foot-1, 190 pounds, redshirt freshman, St. Augustine,
About: Florida Times-Union First-Team All-First Coast pick. Had
eight interceptions and three defensive touchdowns as a senior in high
school. Saint John's County Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
First-team all-state and all-county pick as a senior and was rated as the
No. 60 safety in the nation by Scout.com. He is the high school teammate
of fellow Clemson safety Carlton Lewis, who is second on the depth chart
at strong safety.
The positives: Has good speed and good athletic ability. He has
great instincts and does a great job recognizing plays.
The negatives: Like a lot of the guys in the secondary is
inexperienced and sometimes doesn't trust his instincts enough. Instead of
reacting, he finds himself thinking too much.
Spencer Adams (6-foot-1, 180-pounds, redshirt freshman, Matthews, N.C.)
About: Rated as the No. 18 safety in the nation by Scout.com, he
had 246 tackles and four interceptions in his last two years of high
school, including 145 tackles as a senior. He also ran track in high
school and plans to run at Clemson. He won the indoor national
championship in the 60-meter hurdles and holds the state record in the
300-meter hurdles. He was also the Class AAAA state champion in the
110-meter hurdles and won the national championship in the 110 hurdles and
the 400 hurdles at the Nike Outdoor Nationals last June. He anchored a
record-breaking 4x100 relay team in AAU competition. He was an All-USA
Track & Field Hurdler by USA Today.
The positives: He is obviously the fastest player in the secondary
and was in position to play last year before tearing his ACL in practice,
forcing him to have to redshirt the season. Before then he was making
great progress and had good instincts on where to go and was showing signs
of his ability to break plays down.
The negatives: The ACL injury cost him more than a season, it also
cost him spring practice, which has caused him to fall behind in learning
Kevin Steele's new schemes. Will enter the fall as the third string free
safety and will have a lot of ground to make up before the season starts.
Should be back to full strength by the time camp starts, however, he will
not be physically as strong as he would have liked due to not being able
to do a full workout session thanks to the injury.
Post spring insider: Free safety
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