Out of the shadows steps David Beasley.
Into the spotlight slips Shaq Anthony.
Those weren't names we were hearing much of when the Tigers opened preseason drills two weeks ago.
A lot can happen in two weeks, it turns out; and we'll get a better look at exactly what has happened in the next day or so when Dabo Swinney releases his depth chart for the Auburn game.
Nothing should be of more intense interest to Clemson fans than how things are shaking out on the Tigers' work-in-progress offensive line.
Two players who at the end of spring practice appeared solid in their positions - Gifford Timothy and Kalon Davis - likely won't be on the field for Clemson's opening series in the Georgia Dome. Timothy is still rehabbing after knee surgery, while Davis stepped back during the first two weeks of camp and has been passed by Beasley.
Anthony, meanwhile, is battling Joe Gore for Timothy's place in the starting lineup.
However Swinney and position coach Robbie Caldwell end up shuffling their deck, the Tigers will go into their season opening test with three starting offensive linemen who've played NO significant snaps at their current positions.
Nearly the same can be said - with the exception of DeShawn Williams - about the Tigers' interior defensive line.
That's why, as the Tigers' opening date with Auburn at the Georgia Dome approaches, Clemson folks have every reason to have a nagging feeling of anxiety mixed in with their excitement.
Memories of a dark, early-season night in Atlanta in 2008 begin to creep in; when a favored Clemson team, ranked just a bit higher than this year's team is ranked, squared off in the Georgia Dome against an Alabama team considered to be of questionable top-25 material.
The Crimson Tide, of course, used the Tigers as a stepping stone on a juggernaut run that has since resulted in two national titles, and they did it by dominating, nearly from the first snap, Clemson's offensive and defensive fronts. Nothing else really mattered.
That was then, and this is now, of course. But for the Tigers, both for this game and this season, it's really all about the trenches. If Clemson can hold its own up front from the get-go, and then continue to improve and develop as the season progresses, then this has all the makings for another pretty good year, and perhaps even better than that.
But if the Tigers struggle in the trenches, they'll face a long, uphill grind.
The upcoming depth chart will give us a glimpse of the coaches' thinking as they try to put together a winning combination, as well as at least an initial indication of which first-year freshmen will play this season.
One area of particular interest is the 'nickel' position in what appears to be evolving as a 4-2-5 defensive scheme. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables could well list two starters at the position - Quandon Christian and Travis Blanks, one player stretching the versatility of the position from the linebacker side, the other from the secondary.
There is also the question of backup quarterback. If Cole Stoudt is listed alone as Tajh Boyd's backup, that could be interpreted as a sign that the coaching staff will try to redshirt Chad Kelly.
Another player to watch for on the depth chart is junior Martin Jenkins, who Swinney suggested on Saturday might redshirt because of nagging injuries. Swinney already announced that junior linebacker Justin Parker is taking the season off to get himself back to full-speed physically.
On all those subjects and more, Swinney's single-page depth chart will speak volumes.