If you can get past her standard ACC puffery, Heather Dinich gives you some ideas about how well the Tigers will be able to fill in the gaps resulting from the four-player suspension for the Georgia game.
The bad news for us is that while Corey Crawford is the biggest name on the will-not-play list, Clemson returns every starter on its defensive line and has six returning lettermen at defensive end and six at defensive tackle.
The good thing is that Clemson’s offensive line was in no great shakes experience-wise before the news broke.
With all the questions facing Clemson this offseason — including finding a new starting quarterback and replacing its leading rusher and top two receivers from 2013 — coach Dabo Swinney said his biggest concern heading into the start of spring practices on Wednesday is offensive tackle, where Shaq Anthony, one of the four suspended players, had three starts last season and was a candidate to be a full-time starter this fall.
“That’s the biggest concern on offense,” Swinney said. “… That’s the area of need. That’s the biggest need in our recruiting class for next year is tackle. We’re going to go out and sign at least three legit, great tackles because that’s where we need to get better. We’ve got to find some answers at tackle.”
Instead, they just lost one for the opener.
Let’s hope Pruitt can use that as a stepping stone to repeat the success he had last year defending Clemson’s offense.