Could Clemson's offensive line rotation on Saturday be a sign of what's to come?
If Robbie Caldwell has his 'druthers,' maybe.
The Tigers' offensive line coach said before the season that "ideally" he'd like to play two full offensive lines in the first quarter of every game.
"You'd love to play two full lines, especially in the heat at the start of the season," Caldwell said. "You'd like to have a full second line to go in there and give 10, 15 or 20 plays, just to let your first group re-group...But honestly, having 10 ready is really hard to do."
On Saturday, the Tigers made the transition look easy.
The opponent may have been FCS opponent South Carolina State; but consider this: the Tigers' best two offensive drives of the first half came behind the second offensive line, comprised of Isaiah Battle at left tackle, Patrick DeStefano at left guard, Jay Guillermo at center, Reid Webster at right guard, and Shaq Anthony at right tackle.
The Tigers showed their much talked-about depth from the get-go when Kalon Davis, normally David Beasley's backup at left guard, moved to the right guard position in place of Tyler Shatley, who sat out the game with a minor foot injury.
Also logging considerable playing time at both left guard and right tackle was converted tight end Eric Mac Lain.
Other who got in on the act on Saturday were Oliver Jones, Joe Gore, Spencer Region and Harrison Tucker.