Clemmings Pushing At Right Tackle

Right tackle isn't something new to T.J. Clemmings at this point, having played the position since December. However, he is looking to take his learning curve to a whole new level in training camp.

For T.J. Clemmings, the transition from defensive end to right tackle takes another turn.

He initially made the move in December, as Pitt was preparing for the BBVA Compass Bowl against Ole Miss.

What was initially a move just give the offensive line stuck as a more permanent switch. Clemmings stuck with the position into the spring. He went on to earn the Ed Conway Award for the spring, given to the most improved player on offense.

Now, it's the final stage. Clemmings is in a battle with redshirt senior Juantez Hollins and heralded freshman Dorian Johnson to lock up the starting job. Offensive line coach Jim Hueber is turning up the heat.

"I need to be on him, I need to ride him as hard as I can, so that whenever he gets on the field, it's easy," Hueber said. "He needs to be looking over his shoulder, and he knows it."

Clemmings agreed, almost verbatim. He's willing to take whatever criticism and teaching points Hueber will give him at this point, as he prepares to see game action at right tackle. He's learned the position, he's played it in the spring, and now in training camp. Clearly, he's ready to take on the next challenge.

"I'm trying to work on my technique a lot, just minor things that make a difference," Clemmings said. "(Hueber) puts a lot of pressure on you in practice, so that in a game, things become easy"

Dorian Johnson is also working in at right tackle. Hueber is pleased with the additional bodies he has to work with this year. He likes Johnson in the sense that he is as good as advertised. The only obstacle now, is translating the terminology of what he learned in high school, to what he needs to learn now.

"He's what we thought," Hueber said. "He's learning a whole new terminology. Stuff that he was taught was called something different. He's a quick study, and he does correct things. The faster we can get him to move every down, the faster he'll progress."


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