In typical spring game fashion, Clemson’s quarterbacks and receivers were the stars of the day Saturday at Death Valley. The Tigers had over 800 yards on 142 offensive plays. Quarterback Cole Stoudt set a Clemson spring game record for passing yards. Sammy Watkins was, well, Sammy. Charone Peake and Jordan Leggett also stood out.
Now, should Tiger fans be concerned about the defense? Of course not. The rules don’t allow for real defense to be played in spring games. When the lights come on for real, Brent Venables is confident he will have a defense Chad Morris’ offense can be proud of.
One of the rising stars of the defense is end Vic Beasley. The rising sophomore registered 8 sacks last season and will be looking for more in 2013. In fact, Clemson’s entire defensive front figures to be deeper and stronger than last season.
Clemson returns a veteran group at linebacker and the addition of transfer Kellen Jones, who had an interception in the spring game, is a bonus. The biggest question mark is the secondary. Injured corners Baushad Breeland, Darius Robinson and Martin Jenkins are healthy and give the Tigers a solid group to start with. Travis Blanks and Robert Smith are the safeties, talented but inexperienced at those spots.
The Tiger secondary will get a boost from the arrival this summer of one of the nation’s most highly rated groups of defensive backs.