In his fourth season at Clemson, Kalon Davis 'gets it' and becomes OL mainstay

Swinney: 'We've always thought that Kalon could be a great player. He's big and strong and has excellent feet, and he's very, very smart'

Clemson football -  Kalon Davis leads the way for runner D.J. Howard

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Clemson football - Kalon Davis leads the way for runner D.J. Howard

There's not much that Dabo Swinney likes more than the story of a player who suddenly, midway or more through his college career, suddenly 'gets it' and becomes a reliable mainstay.

Offensive tackle Brandon Thomas, wide receiver Martavis Bryant and defensive end Vic Beasley are Clemson's most obvious late-bloomers.

Now it's time to add another - offensive guard Kalon Davis - to the list.

After three quiet years in the program, Davis grabbed his opportunity this fall, first battling returning starter David Beasley tooth and nail for the starting left-side spot, and then stepping in when Beasley was injured.

Now he's splitting time with Beasley - an important development toward offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell's goal of developing an interchangeable group of 10.

"He's just matured and gotten really serious about it," said Swinney of Davis this week. "We've always thought that Kalon could be a great player. He's big and strong and has excellent feet, and he's very, very smart.

"His first two years, I just don't think he was quite as serious about it as he needed to be. Going into last year, we thought that he might be the starter, but he just didn't take hold of it.

"He's been one of the pleasant surprises of this season. We didn't know if he was going to take the opportunity this year or not. David got a little banged up and Kalon got a chance, and he's really performed very consistently."

The best news for the Tigers is that the Davis-Beasley tandem isn't a one-year deal.

Both will be back next fall for their senior seasons.

"It's given us a really good situation there," Swinney said. "I'm proud of Kalon. This has become very important to him and he's practicing a lot better.

"Hopefully he'll just continue moving his stock up as he goes into his senior year next year. We'll have a good situation coming out of this season, with both he and David back."

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lhaselden writes:

That would be great for depth and with Isaiah Battle possibly taking the LT spot, either Beasley or Davis could possibly move to RG. We still need someone to step up and git-r-done at RT... it seems that has been an issue all season!

33dtb writes:

......"Now he's splitting time with Beasley - an important development toward offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell's goal of developing an interchangeable group of 10.".........

If we only recruit and sign two (2) OL per year, then the math doesn't work out

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