Long, strong, fast: Jayron Kearse, T.J. Green giving Tiger secondary a bigger look

Dabo Swinney on Green: 'He's different - we don't have many guys that move like he moves'

Clemson's Garry Peters and Clemson's T.J. Green tackle North Carolina State's Manny Stocker during the second quarter at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Clemson's Garry Peters and Clemson's T.J. Green tackle North Carolina State's Manny Stocker during the second quarter at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina.

At 6-4, 205 pounds, Jayron Kearse has set the mold.

At 6-3, 200, T.J. Green is now following suit.

The more he sees, the more Dabo Swinney likes his safeties long, strong and fast.

While some have speculated that Kearse might outgrow his position, Swinney says he has no intention of moving Kearse anywhere.

"All Jayron needs to worry about is becoming a great safety," Swinney said recently. "We'll probably keep him a little bit more to the field, rather than the boundary. He's just working to be become a great safety for us.

"Everybody looks at him and his body type, and he could be a lot of things. But we need him to be a safety for this team. I think he will be - I think he'll be special."

Swinney isn't trying to hide his enthusiasm for Green's move to the defensive side of the ball, although he's had only a week and a half of work at safety.

"He's different - we don't have many guys that move like he moves," Swinney said. "He has a chance to be something else at safety."

Green played at wide receiver last season as a true freshman and also returned kicks.

"He's picking things up system-wise," Swinney said. "He's taken to it like a fish to water."

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