Travis Blanks will play safety against LSU, but Bashaud Breeland 'not healthy yet'

LSU's power running game will mean increased role for 'sam' linebacker Quandon Christian

Travis Blanks chases Wake's Josh Harris in the first half

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Travis Blanks chases Wake's Josh Harris in the first half

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.

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Bigboots writes:

Breeland, wrap your gut and get your ss on the field. The A was delivered a little late.

Xander5000 writes:

Need Blanks at safety, linebacker and corner. Move him around let him blitz some. Let him confuse Mettenburger. That may just free up Beasley and others as the game goes along.

tw30241 writes:

Christian is by far the worst of the LBs. His body language on the field just gives him away as not being aggressive at all to be a defensive player.

Lynx26 writes:

in response to tw30241:

Christian is by far the worst of the LBs. His body language on the field just gives him away as not being aggressive at all to be a defensive player.

Amen to that, he's softer than a wet cotton ball. Tony Steward should ge the nod In this game... Him shuey and Tig... Rotating Anthony among the 3!

Christian is a dissapointment and his game is too soft. Although he's get chance after chance- smh. Won't set the edge nor make a solo tackle, not to mention take on lead blocks. It's crazy to me - he's a tight hipped safety playing LB.

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