Dabo Swinney said Tuesday that with the season now past the halfway point, the coaching staff is considering medical redshirt applications for defensive tackle Carlos Watkins and defensive end Kevin Dodd.
Dodd, a sophomore, played in the Tigers' first four games before suffering a toe injury. He is not expected to be ready to play this week against Maryland.
Watkins, also a sophomore, hasn't played since the N.C. State game because of injuries he sustained in an automobile accident. Swinney said that while Watkins' condition has improved significantly, he's still limited by "a big hematoma on his left side."
"Carlos is a key guy, and he's only played in three games," Swinney said. "He started our first game and is a difference-maker for us. He's coming along, but we're already into our eighth week, and I can't see us bringing him back just for the bowl game."
Robinson, Jenkins named starting corners: In the absence of Garry Peters and Bashaud Breeland, Swinney said Martin Jenkins and Darius Robinson will start at the cornerback spots for the Tigers against Maryland.
Peters is out with a foot injury until probably the Georgia Tech game, while Breeland will serve a half-game suspension on Saturday after being ejected for a 'targeting' violation against Florida State.
Swinney said that first-year freshman Cordrea Tankersley, who had been working primarily at safety, is getting reps at corner this week and will play there on Saturday.
"Cordrea will get a lot of work this week," Swinney said. "He's long, he can run, and he's one of the fastest guys we have. We'll see how he does this week."
Red-zone focus:Rushing touchdowns have been few and far between for Clemson's running backs this season, but Swinney says that deficiency is not necessarily related to the Tigers' recent red-zone inefficiency.
"We're just not doing a very good job in the red zone - period," Swinney said. "I don't really care who scores. That's something we've been good at, and lately we've missed some opportunities. We just need to get everybody doing their job."