Clemson's nickel back position is shaping up as an all-freshman affair.
Tiger coach Dabo Swinney said on the ACC coaches' teleconference on Wednesday that first-year freshman defensive back Jayron Kearse is back on the practice field and will be available for Clemson's opener Saturday against Georgia.
Kearse is most likely to see his playing time at the nickel position, where fellow first-year freshman Korrin Wiggins is listed as the starter.
Last season, Travis Blanks - now the Tigers' starting free safety - logged 563 snaps and made 51 tackles at the nickel position. He earned freshman All-America honors.
The 6-4, 205-pound Kearse comes to Clemson from South Fort Myers, Fla. High, where Sammy Watkins starred. He was rated as the No. 7 'athlete' signee in the nation by Athlon.
The 6-1, 185-pound Wiggins, from Hillside High in Durham, N.C., was widely regarded as one of the top 25 safeties in the class of 2013.
ESPN Sets 8:22 Kickoff For Saturday: The Clemson-Georgia game, officially announced as an 8 p.m. start, is most likely to kick off at 8:22 p.m., according to ESPN. Former Tiger football coach Danny Ford will be inducted into Clemson's Ring of Honor prior to the game, and fellow Ring of Honor inductee Bill Wilhelm will also be honored.