Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables says freshman All-American Travis Blanks will get a head start on his sophomore position change when the Tigers play LSU.
Blanks is expected to get most of his action at safety in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, in a move related to LSU's preference for pounding the ball with its power running game.
Playing against such as offense will mean increased on-field time for junior Quandon Christian at the 'sam' linebacker spot, where Blanks has played most of the season as a nickel back.
Blanks has started eight of 12 games and has 51 tackles - seventh on the team - with two tackles for loss, six PBUs and two quarterback-pressures. He's played 547 snaps.
Christian has six starts, with 39 tackles, three for loss, and six PBUs. He's played 408 snaps.
Venables said on Tuesday that he likes what he's seen of Blanks at safety.
"We anticipate him playing at safety against their heavy, two-back," Venables said. "He's gotten a lot of work there, and he looks good."
The Tigers' outlook is not so promising at cornerback, where sophomore Bashaud Breeland missed the South Carolina game with an abdominal injury.
"I don't know if he will play or not," Venables said. "He's not healthy yet. He hasn't been doing things full speed."
Breeland has started five games, has missed two with injury, and has 32 tackles, including one sack.