Former Clemson offensive lineman and current ACC Network analyst Eric MacLain has recently been announcing his top five players at each position in the ACC over on Twitter. Among his top five defensive backs in the league, he has a Clemson Tiger coming in at number five.
Being considered one of the best in the conference at your position after having only played one season in that position is quite impressive.
As most will recall, Kendrick spent his first season as a Tiger playing receiver, and was only moved to corner in the spring of 2019 temporarily for depth purposes. It worked out so well, he never moved back.
Opposite first round NFL Draft pick AJ Terrell, Kendrick helped guide the Tigers to the fourth best pass defense in the country last season, and was named second team All-ACC in the process. He finished the season with 51 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, six pass breakups and two interceptions, including one returned 38 yards for a touchdown.
Heading into the 2020 season, he will now be asked to lead a secondary unit littered with talent but short on experience. A role Kendrick has shown he is well equipped to handle.