Tigers watching UGa tape
CLEMSON – The picture isn’t completely clear, but Clemson’s secondary is starting to settle.
And there’s been plenty of movement from cornerback to safety to nickel – it’s hard to keep track really.
Here’s how it looks like right now...
Cornerback: Martin Jenkins, Bashaud Breeland, Darius Robinson Garry Peters, Jerrod Williams, Mackensie Alexander (lingering injury, possible redshirt), Adrian Baker (lingering injury, possible redshirt), Marcus Edmond (possible redshirt), Ryan Carter (likely redshirt).
Safety: Cordrea Tankersley, Jayron Kearse, Robert Smith (projected starter), Travis Blanks (projected starter), Jadar Johnson, Ronald Geohaghan, Taylor Watson,
Nickel/SAM: Martin Jenkins, Korrin Wiggins, T.J. Burrell (LB), Quandon Christian (LB).
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney delivered the latest on the redshirt calls this afternoon and noted they could “hold” the five-star DB Alexander this season if his injury (groin) doesn’t improve.
Overall, injuries have factored heavily here more than anywhere else. Players either injured or coming off injury recently include: Jenkins, Robinson, Alexander, Baker, Kearse, Blanks, Smith.
The most nagging ailments have come at cornerback, but they’ve got a boost from Roswell, Ga. native Martin Jenkins’ return (lower body pain) – working at corner and nickel.
“He’s always played corner,” Swinney said. “We just slide him in nickel in certain situations. He makes us better there. The biggest thing for him is going into camp not knowing if we could count on him. The last four or five days have been great for Martin Jenkins.
“He’s really been able to compete like he’s capable of. Mentally, he’s very sharp and very ready.”
He is one of a few Tigers working in the hybrid nickel role.
“Korrin has really worked significantly there,” said Swinney. “He’s very natural. Jayron has got some work in there. T.J. Burrell is a guy who runs well enough to play there. We feel really good about that position.”
But healthy right now, Jenkins could be more of a fixture there if he’s not on one of the island corners.
“The nickel position, you have to make sure whoever is playing there you can definitely count on,” Swinney said. “We’ve gone at Martin’s pace. We didn’t want to give him all this extra work at nickel and not be sure if he can play. We know he can play corner and (are focused) on getting him physically well.”