The Clemson Tigers finished their seventh practice of Fall camp in advance of their first scrimmage with an upbeat mood.
Competition is the major storyline coming out of Clemson, with some crowded position battles developing at multiple positions.
No more evident is that battle than at quarterback, where incumbent starter Kelly Bryant has two heavily-recruited young players in Hunter Johnson and Trevor Lawrence pushing him for time along with redshirt-freshman Chase Brice.
Offensive Coordinator Jeff Scott said Monday all four quarterbacks have had their moments:
The running back room currently has only returning players, but should get a boost when freshman running back Lyn-J Dixon of Butler, GA joins the team in the Fall. Dixon should push Travis Etienne, Adam Choice and Tavien Feaster for space in a backfield that went four players deep last season.
Etienne, the projected starter, is taking the right approach in what will be his second collegiate season:
The most crowded room on the team remains at defensive line, as the unexpected return of Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Austin Bryant makes one of the team’s strengths even more dominant. Freshmen Xavier Thomas, KJ Henry, Josh Belk and Darnell Jeffries could be blocked by those three upper-classmen among others.
Dexter Lawrence, projected once again to be Wilkins’ interior running mate will be in a non-contact jersey during Fall camp as he recovers from foot and ankle injuries suffered during the season. Lawrence is taking more of a coaching role during the Spring, but believes he’ll be ready to go when Fall Camp begins:
Clemson will hold its first official scrimmage on Wednesday, which will be its last practice before Spring Break.
The Tigers already had a controlled scrimmage earlier during practice, but will go through more of a game-type scenario in Wednesday’s practice.
Head Coach Dabo Swinney said he’s encouraged by the work so far: