clemson football depth chart 2019
— Starter: GR Gage Cervenka (Right guard). with a school- and ACC-record 54 touchdowns plus 46 career receptions for 433 yards and four receiving touchdowns in 41 career games (28 starts) … entered the bowl season as the ACC career leader in rushing touchdowns (54), total touchdowns (58) and points by a non-kicker (348) … back-to-back ACC Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019 who became the first running back to win the award in consecutive years since Mike Voight in 1975-76 … is the only player in school history with multiple 1,500-yard rushing seasons and is one of only 16 Power Five players since 2000 to reach the 1,500-yard mark in multiple seasons, joining AJ Dillon, Ameer Abdullah, Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Darren McFadden, Ezekiel Elliott, Jonathan Taylor, Ka’Deem Carey, Kendall Hunter, Lamar Jackson, LaMichael James, Melvin Gordon, Montee Ball, Ray Rice and Steven Jackson … set single-season school records in 2018 in rushing yards (1,658), yards per carry (8.1), rushing touchdowns (24), total touchdowns (26) and points scored (156) … selected as a Preseason All-American for 2019 by Phil Steele (first-team) and Athlon (second-team). Kendrick’s quick acclimation lessens the need for Clemson to throw in a freshman at corner, and given only true sophomores Mario Goodrich and Kyler McMichael are listed on the depth chart behind Kendrick and Terrell, there is clearly room for a first semester freshman to make an impact. At defensive tackle, we knew Nyles Pinckney and Jordan Williams were the only options despite missing the spring due to injury. Stats: Talented wideout whose produced one of the school’s most impressive sophomore campaigns in 2018 in his first full year as a starter and followed up with a spectacular junior campaign to place himself among the top receivers in Clemson’s illustrious lineage at the position … entered 2019 bowl season with 128 career receptions for 2,363 yards with 27 receiving touchdowns in 41 games (28 starts) … his 27 receiving touchdowns entering bowl season were tied for the most in school history with DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins and tied for ninth-most in ACC history … selected as a second-team Preseason All-American for 2019 by both Phil Steele and Athlon … is the only player in school history to record double-digit touchdown receptions in consecutive seasons. Williams is a plus blocker who was an underrated asset in the run game, yet offered little as a potential receiver. There are only a handful of spots where a first semester freshman may contribute so this is actually a rather telling offseason tidbit directly from the coaching staff. Posts: 553. Clemson released its depth chart Monday for the Tigers’ season-opening game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Thursday night. Josh Brundage from SB Nation’s From the Rumble Seat joins us to preview this Saturday’s game between the Tigers and Yellow Jackets in Atlanta. Has also recorded 15 career receptions for 210 yards and has returned 15 career kickoffs an average of 23.3 yards. Clemson Sports Talk is an independent site and is not affiliated with Clemson University. Clemson Post-Spring Depth Chart Impressions, Clemson vs. Georgia Tech: Tigers Destroy the Yellow Jackets. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. Clemson sorely missed an inside linebacker enrolling early, and we’ll see a handful of first semester freshmen linebackers take their lumps in garbage time as soon as Clemson may reach it. Before Kendrick’s transition, Booth would’ve been my pick to fill the second corner role based on the tape I’ve seen on him, but it’s worth noting Goodrich and McMichael have improved if they’ve passed older players like LeAnthony Williams. On defense, most observers eagerly await KJ Henry rising into Clelin Ferrell’s role at weak side end, yet it’s Justin Foster who continues to draw the staff’s praise despite sneaking under many fans’ radars. Recruits. We take a weekly look at what happened in college football and how it will affect the race for the College Football Playoff. There lone notable change from the Fiesta Bowl is sophomore tight end Braden Galloway, who served a suspension during the regular season and ACC Championship game, is now listed as the second-string tight end behind J.C. Chalk. Stats: Redshirted as a defensive tackle before switching to offensive line in August 2016 … served as the backup center during the entire 2017 season before earning a starting role at guard (and one spot start at center) in 2018 … entered 2019 bowl season having played 1,346 snaps over 44 career games (21 starts) … one of the strongest members of the team, setting the program position record for bench press reps at 225 pounds (44) … in the 2019 offseason, received a 99 rating in ESPN’s PlayStation Player Impact rating for the 2018 season, the highest in the nation. His apparent forthcoming departure was expected but became a huge hole after Galloway’s suspension; the loss in Williams’ blocking was to be made up in Galloway’s receiving capabilities. Shaq was the presumed starter at weak side linebacker and easily one of the most popular leaders on the team. Stats: Entered 2019 with 151 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three pass breakups, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 784 snaps over 45 games (15 starts) in his career. Not even Jake Venables. Earlier this week, Clemson released its depth chart for the game. Backups: RS SO Jordan Williams, GR Nyles Pinckney. Worse, Chad Smith is the only player listed on the depth chart at Mike. Joined: 9/9/06. There’s plenty of experience here, but Chad leaves me with the same questions concerning mobility I had with Tre Lamar: a good downhill linebacker, but a potential liability backpedaling or running sideline to sideline. Clemson’s skill unit is perhaps the most talented and best known commodity of any position group(s) in America: Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne in the backfield, and Tee Higgins, Justyn Ross, and (eventually) Amari Rodgers at receiver. 2019 Football Commitments; 2020 Football Commitments; 2021 Commitments; Football Recruits; Basketball. Now Clemson is left with a poor man’s Williams and a freshman drowning in technical nuance to the point he isn’t even on the depth chart. An unexpected and frankly devastating development in the last month was Shaq Smith’s transfer. Stats: Entered 2019 bowl season having completed 491-of-734 career passes for 6,452 yards with 64 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 1,474 snaps in 28 career games (24 starts) … also entered the bowl season with 584 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns on 137 career carries … a year earlier, started the final 11 games in 2018 as a true freshman in helping Clemson become the first major college football team in the modern era to go 15-0 … helped the squad win each of its last 10 games by 20 points or more … became the first true freshman quarterback to lead his team to a national title since 1985 … was a consensus freshman All-America honoree who earned a bevy of nation-wide and conference-wide honors for both his athletic and academic success … selected as a Preseason All-American for 2019 by Phil Steele (first-team and Preseason Player of the Year) and Athlon (second-team). Stats: Burst onto the scene as one of the nation’s most explosive running backs in 2017 and followed up with a record-breaking 2018 and 2019 campaigns as a sophomore and junior … entered 2019 bowl season with 493 career carries for 3,924 yards (8.0 avg.) CU “101”: Intro to Clemson. There has been misconstrued chatter that this was the summer depth chart, but this is mistaken. Backups: RS SO Logan Rudolph, RS FR K.J Henry. Backup tight ends Luke Price and Davis Allen are listed as co-third-stringers. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. — Starter: SR K'Von Wallace (Strong safety). First semester freshman haven’t begun practice yet and this depth chart reflects it; only freshmen who enrolled in the spring are listed. Sixteen players made their College Football Playoff debut in the Fiesta Bowl victory against Ohio State: TE Davis Allen, S Joseph Charleston, TE Braden Galloway, DE K.J. Even with these positive developments, defensive tackle depth is a concern with two of Clemson’s toughest games coming in the first few weeks of the season. The Powers That Be threw us a proverbial bone yesterday when Clemson released its post-spring depth chart. Terrell is a two-year starter for Clemson. © 2005-2020 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. That freshman is undoubtedly Andrew Booth, my man crush from the last cycle. Stats: Key special teams contributor early in his career who earned a starting role as a fifth-year senior … Entered 2019 bowl season credited with 142 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, an interception, a pass breakup, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 797 snaps over 56 games (13 starts) in his career. I thought reports of his accelerated rehabilitation and expected return in September were far too bullish and completely discounted them. The best guess would be Vonta Bentley. I was very comfortable with Shaq at Will and James Skalski at Mike (Shaq would’ve been the most athletic inside linebacker since Stephone Anthony), yet Shaq transferred home to Maryland after graduating in May. Here is where I would point toward incoming freshmen who may make an impact, but linebacker is one of the most difficult and demanding positions to learn. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Cornerback A.J. Student-Athletes. Earlier this week, Clemson released its depth chart for the game. Entered 2019 bowl season credited with 159 career tackles (4.5 for loss), 20 passes broken up, five interceptions returned for 180 yards (including one returned for a touchdown), a sack and two forced fumbles in 1,724 snaps over 57 games (34 starts).

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