A spring, summer and early-season of depth-building could pay big dividends for Clemson's offensive line on Saturday, as the Tigers attempt to control the lineup scrimmage against Nikita Whitlock and Wake Forest's defensive front.
The Tigers will put a patchwork offensive line on the field against the Deacons; but that's not nearly as scary a prospect as it used to be.
Out for the game are starting right tackle Gifford Timothy, with a concussion suffered against N.C. State; backup left tackle Isaiah Battle, who is serving a suspension; and reserve guard Patrick DeStefano, who has been sidelined with a stinger.
Left guard David Beasley won't start, but could play, because of a rolled ankle he suffered against the Wolfpack.
Beasley's starting left guard spot will be filled by Kalon Davis, who started the S.C. State game at right tackle when Tyler Shatley was injured.
Brandon Thomas remains set at left tackle, with Ryan Norton at center and Shatley at right guard.
Shaq Anthony, who stepped in for Timothy in the N.C. State game, will get the start at right tackle.
Eric Mac Lain is listed as Thomas' backup, while Joe Gore will back Anthony at tight tackle. Jay Guillermo could see action at center or guard against Wake Forest.
A total of 16 offensive linemen have seen action for the Tigers so far this season, and a dozen have logged at least 35 snaps in the Tigers' first three games.