Mix-and-match: Depth-building, cross-training give Tigers OL options

Tigers will have two new starters, new backups along its offensive front for Wake Forest game

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris talks with Clemson center Ryan Norton (58) and Clemson offensive guard Kalon Davis (67) during practice on Friday.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris talks with Clemson center Ryan Norton (58) and Clemson offensive guard Kalon Davis (67) during practice on Friday.

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.

© 2013 OrangeAndWhite.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Related Topics

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.

Features