Clemson's offensive line, a work in progress over the course of the 2013 season, will again be a key area to watch as the Tigers move through off-season drills and into spring practice.
Coach Robbie Caldwell loses a pair of starters in Brandon Thomas and Tyler Shatley, and with Gifford Timothy now out of the mix, that means opportunity for Isaiah Battle, Shaq Anthony and Eric Mac Lain to compete for the two tackle spots.
The loss of Patrick DeStefano to injury and the slow progress of Spencer Region and Jerome Maybank will come into play as Caldwell tries to develop depth at guard, where he'll start almost from scratch in 2015.
In Timothy and DeStefano, the Tigers are down two players who would have been in the thick of the starting mix next fall.
Keep a close eye on this year's redshirting freshmen, Tyrone Crowder and Maverick Morris, as the Tigers move into spring practice. These are two players Caldwell will need to play major roles in 2015.
Another option at guard will be Jay Guillermo, who should break into the competition as one of the Tigers' six or seven best offensive linemen. Ryan Norton nailed down the starting center spot this season, and has two more years remaining.
Down the road, Clemson has one offensive lineman committed for 2015 - Noah Green of Boiling Springs, S.C. - and the Tigers are in the thick of the competition for Mitch Hyatt of Suwanee, Ga., who is ranked as the nation's No. 1 offensive line prospect for 2015.
Other 2015 offensive linemen with Clemson offers include Chuma Edoga of Power Springs, Ga., Richie Petitbon of Washington, D.C., Zack Bailey of Summerville, S.C., Mason Veal of Charlotte, N.C., George Brown of Cincinnati, Ohio, Martez Ivey of Apopka, Fla., Drew Richmond of Memphis, Tenn., and Jake Fruhmorgen of Tampa, Fla.
Following is breakdown of the Tigers' 2014 offensive line personnel, with games, starts and snaps from the 2013 season:
Seniors: Kalon Davis (12, 6, 465), David Beasley (12, 7, 391), Reid Webster (12, 0, 156)
Juniors (7): Isaiah Battle (9, 3, 282), Shaq Anthony (10, 3, 503), Ryan Norton (12, 12, 764), Eric Mac Lain (12, 0, 140), Joe Gore (7, 0, 58), Spencer Region (1, 0, 7), Jerome Maybank (1, 0, 3)
Sophomores (2): Jay Guillermo (8, 0, 182), Oliver Jones (2, 0, 24)
Redshirt Freshmen (2): Tyrone Crowder, Maverick Morris
First-year Freshmen (2): Taylor Hearn, Justin Falcinelli