At least eight members from that class will be starters in the Sept. 4 season opener against North Texas.
STILL AT CLEMSON
No. 5 WLB - Scotty Cooper - Lake City
It might be unfair to label Cooper a bust since he's had to fight off nagging injuries throughout his career. Cooper had 33 tackles as a freshman—the most by a first-year player on the team. He's started six of the 37 career games in his three-year Clemson career. Cooper, a senior, is listed behind Quandon Christian at the strong-side linebacker spot.
No. 7 CB - Marcus Gilchrist - High Point, N.C.
After doubling his career snap total during his junior season, Gilchrist was awarded the Solid Rock Award for defensive backs, as voted by Clemson coaches. He led the Tigers in snaps (902) and finished 14th in the conference with 107 tackles. One of the most versatile players on the team, Gilchrist can play corner, nickel back and safety. The senior is listed as the starter at cornerback and will also return kicks and punts.
No. 13 OT - Landon Walker - North Wilkesboro, N.C.
Walker has started 22 games and played nearly 1,300 snaps in his Clemson career. He'll be back at the right tackle spot this fall. His bench press, 425, is listed as the fourth-highest max on the team. Walker has two seasons of eligibility left.
No. 21 DE - Kourtnei Brown - Charlotte, N.C.
With two seasons under his belt, Brown redshirted during his junior year because of a logjam at defensive end. He's on track to be the backup at the Bandit end this fall. Brown played in 24 of 26 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons during which he totaled 160 snaps.
Listed on the Bronko Nagurski Watch List, Jenkins has started for two seasons at defensive tackle. The senior was an All-ACC honorable mention in 2009 after chalking up 69 tackles and 11 tackles for loss. (Roy Philpott)
Listed on the Bronko Nagurski Watch List, Jenkins has started for two seasons at defensive tackle. The senior was an All-ACC honorable mention in 2009 after chalking up 69 tackles and 11 tackles for loss. As a sophomore, he was ninth in the conference with tackles for loss per conference game.
No. 31 S - DeAndre McDaniel - Tallahassee, Fla.
McDaniel put off the NFL for one more year to come back for his final season at Clemson. The All-American had eight interceptions during his junior season. He was the leading vote getter for the preseason All-ACC team earlier this summer.
No. 9 C - Mason Cloy - Columbia
Coming off a broken leg in the ACC Championship, Cloy will provide depth at both guard and center this fall. Of the 26 games he's played, Cloy has 17 starts and over 1,100 snaps under his belt. He has two seasons of eligibility left at Clemson.
No. 49 OT - David Smith - Greenville
If Cloy isn't the most versatile member of the Tigers' offensive line, it's Smith, who can provide depth at either tackle spot or inside at guard. Smith emerged in the second half of 2009 after playing sparingly in the first few games. The redshirt junior was named the Most Improved Offensive Lineman during spring practice in 2010.
No. 50 DE - Miguel Chavis - Fayetteville, N.C.
He's been name the most improved defensive tackle over the past two springs. Chavis has played in 32-straight games before the start of the 2010 season. The senior is listed as the co-starter at nose guard with Brandon Thompson.
No. 57 DE - Rennie Moore - Kingsland, N.C.
As a redshirt sophomore in 2009, Moore averaged a tackle every 5.5 plays. He'll be relied on more this fall after playing 198 snaps last season. Moore played as a freshman in 2007 before redshirting in 2008.
Last year's starter at middle linebacker, Maye was moved to the weak-side earlier this spring, where he's competing for the starting job with Jonathan Willard. Maye established a single-season record for caused fumbles last season with five. (Roy Philpott)
Dye is the top returning wide receiver from 2009. As a junior, he had 14 receptions for 236 yards and three touchdowns. Dye was also named to the All-State AFCA Good Works team in 2009, one of just 11 FBS players honored.
No. 71 OG - Wilson Norris - Pickens
A reserve guard each of the last two seasons, Norris' role would likely have increased this fall had he not suffered a torn ACL during spring practice. He could return as early as November.
No. 96 DE - Drew Traylor - Mountain Brook, Ala.
He redshirted in 2007 and didn't play a single snap in 2008. After moving to tight end, Traylor played only seven snaps in 2009. His role as a reserve tight end is expected to expand this fall.
WR - Brandon Clear - Hoover, Ala.
Named the most improved wide receiver this past spring, Clear is one of several wide receivers in contention for playing time this fall. He has three catches for 31 yards last season—the first of his career. Clear has two years of eligibility remaining.
No. 19 - Chad Diehl - Duncan
The lowest ranked member of the Byrnes four has been the most productive during his Clemson career. Diehl is the Tigers' most physical blocker, particularly out of the backfield as a lead blocker. Diehl, a redshirt junior, played in three games in 2007 before sustaining a broken leg, which allowed him to pick up a medical redshirt.
No. 76 SLB - Brandon Maye - Mobile, Ala.
Last year's starter at middle linebacker, Maye was moved to the weak-side earlier this spring, where he's competing for the starting job with Jonathan Willard. Maye established a single-season record for caused fumbles last season with five. He was second on the team with 103 tackles and 16th in the ACC in tackles per game. Maye has been named to the first-team Academic All-ACC each of the past two seasons and has two more years of eligibility.
DE - Andre Branch - Richmond, Va.
Branch forced his way onto the field in 2009 at the Bandit end, where he was a valuable asset to the Clemson defense. He was the winner of the 12th Man Award after making a tackle every 7.49 plays. He'll start at Ricky Sapp's vacant Bandit position and has two years of eligibility.
CB - Coty Sensabaugh - Kingsport, Tenn.
After redshirting as a freshman, Sensabaugh has played in 25 of 27 games during his Clemson career. He's slated as a second-team cornerback this fall behind Byron Maxwell. Sensabaugh grabbed his first career interception against Florida State last season.
NO LONGER ON THE TEAM
No. 8 QB - Willy Korn - Duncan
Once dubbed as the savior of the program, Korn left the football team after graduating from the university earlier this spring. He transferred to Marshall, but didn't have a good chance of playing any quarterback for the Thundering Herd. He transferred to North Greenville in hopes of competing for the starting quarterback job. He has two more years of eligibility left to play.
Brian Linthicum had 11 catches in his freshman season before transferring to Michigan State, including the first touchdown of the 2007 season in a circus catch against Florida State on Labor Day night. (Roy Philpott)
Had 11 catches in his freshman season before transferring to Michigan State, including the first touchdown of the 2007 season in a circus catch against Florida State on Labor Day night. Linthicum had 20 receptions for 266 yards and two touchdowns in his first season of play for the Spartans. He has two more seasons of eligibility.
No. 81 WR - Markish Jones - Spartanburg
The most wacky signing day story of recent memory, Jones signed letters of intent to Clemson and Florida State. Although his letter was faxed to the Seminoles, the ACC ruled that the LOI to the Tigers would be honored. He never enrolled at Clemson because of a non-qualifying test score. Jones has been to Hutchinson Community College, Compton College (JUCO) and California. He now attends Newberry.
No. 86 DE - Byron Clear - Hoover, Ala.
A summer graduate, Clear's no longer with the team after playing 26 career snaps, 24 of which came in 2009. He was in on one tackle as a reserve defensive end last season.
S - Stanley Hunter - Duncan
Originally signed with the class, Hunter didn't enroll at Clemson until 2008. During his freshman season, he led the team with 4.27 snaps per tackle. Hunter was forced to quit football because of seizures connected with epilepsy. He's still enrolled at Clemson and remains active with the football team.