One last chance for Lambert

CLEMSON - Cory Lambert just wants to play football. Whether he's starting at right tackle or backing up Landon Walker, he's just itching for playing time.

Last week, Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney named Lambert the leader for the starting nod, but the competition is still open.

"We still have got a little ways to go," Swinney said, "Right now Cory is probably a little ahead. It's still too close to call."

With his name at the top of the depth chart, Lambert let himself get comfortable with his position on the depth chart. There's still a long way to go before he's starting on Sept. 5 against Middle Tennessee.

The competition, he said, is improving his play.

"It's not only made me better, it's made (Walker) better," Lambert said.

After this year, there's no more running down the hill in front of 82,000 screaming fans.

After this year, there could be no more football.

"I want to go out with the boys strong," Lambert said. "This is my last year for me as a Clemson football player. I'd definitely like to go out there starting and going strong.

"Landon is a great football player. He's giving me a lot of competition."

A fifth year senior from Greenville HS, Lambert thinks back over the past few years and wishes his work ethic had been with him throughout his time entire time at Clemson.

"I could have worked a lot harder in many areas. But the past is the past," Lambert said. "I can only look back on it now. It makes me want to work even harder."

As long as the team is going to be better, so be it. If that compromises some his playing time, that's fine too. Lambert wants to be part of something special for his final season as a Tiger—to go out with a bang.

"Whoever they put out there is the best man and I'm going to support him," he said. "When I'm out there, I'm going to be playing my hardest."

Lambert believes switching in and out every few series could work to benefit both. When Walker is on the field he can rest assure that he's got a cheerleader on the sideline wearing No. 76.

"We root for each other," Lambert said.

"We both want to play, of course. But we both don't really care who starts, as long as we're getting playing time."

In what has been one of Swinney's biggest concerns heading into fall camp, the competition has put both players in position to improve.

Now it's a matter of deciding who's best at making room for CJ Spiller and keeping Kyle Parker on his feet.

"It's getting a little better over there. We've been challenging them, staying after them everyday," Swinney said. "I thought they had a pretty decent day (Tuesday) at right tackle." Top Stories