Diehl to work at LB on Goal Line, too

CLEMSON - Chad Diehl's presence on the goal line won't be limited to putting points on the board. He's also going to have a chance to play a part in keeping points off the board

Since Thursday, Diehl has been working at inside linebacker in Clemson's goal line defense package. Though he has some walk through experience from last spring, Diehl hasn't seen any live work since his days at Byrnes HS.

News came Thursday before practice when he entered the meeting room. And he's enjoyed getting back onto the other side of the ball.

"It feels good getting back into the linebacker's stance," Diehl said. "It feels kind of natural. But at the same time I know I'm not the typical 4.4, 4.5 college linebacker that teams need these days.

"As far as goal line and in the box, I feel pretty natural."

Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele likes the look with Diehl helping to man the middle though it's not on a full-time basis.

"I'd take him (full-time). I tried to get him off waivers but they wouldn't put him on waivers," Steele said.

The extra work in practice suits Diehl just fine. On Friday, he worked with the offense in the goal line situations before moving over to defense for the goal line. But it was for two periods, he said.

"It hasn't been too bad," Diehl said. "I stand around a lot while the true tight ends run routes. I don't get the exercise I need all the time at practice. But it felt good breathing hard and playing both sides of the ball."

Moving to linebacker could become permanent as the years go by, said Coach Dabo Swinney, who calls Diehl a train wreck.

"The guy is down hill," Swinney said. "He's just a fullback over there on defense. He can stuff a hole up."

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