Swinney says Tigers' defensive ends interchangeable except for Vic Beasley

'Vic is sort of the oddball of the group, if you will, as far as his skill set. He's just a little bit different'

Football - Vic Beasley

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Football - Vic Beasley

Clemson will play mix-and-match with its defensive ends this spring, with rising junior Corey Crawford leading a group that includes Tavaris Barnes, Kevin Dodd, Martin Aiken and newcomers Shaq Lawson and Ebenezer Ogundeko.

The exception to rule is rising junior Vic Beasley.

"Pretty much all our other ends are interchangeable," Swinney explained. "Whoever the best two are, that's who we'll start. And then whoever the next two will come in. If our best two guys are at strong end, we can move one of them. Those guys are interchangeable with what we're asking them to do right now.

"Vic is sort of the oddball of the group, if you will, as far as his skill set. He's just a little bit different. But the rest of those guys can play wherever we need them to play."

Swinney said that Beasley, who played at about 220 pounds last season, is up to 229, with an August goal of putting on at least another 10 pounds.

"My goal for him is to be in the 238 to 245 range by the time we get to August," Swinney said. "The big part with him is that he's really bought in to what his role is. If that guy's playing at 238 or 240, it's like he's playing at 270 because he's so strong and powerful."

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