Position Battles Worth Watching as Clemson Opens Fall Camp

Fall camp is finally upon is.

Friday marks the first day of practice, as Clemson gears up for the upcoming 2022 season. While the Tigers return a wealth of experience at most positions across both sides of the ball, there are a some spots still up for grabs ahead of the opener in Atlanta against Georgia Tech.

Cornerback

Both starting spots are open as Clemson must replace first team All ACC players Andrew Booth Jr and Mario Goodrich. Senior Sheridan Jones very likely secures one of those jobs over the next few weeks, but what about the other spot?

Sophomore Nate Wiggins is getting a lot of publicity this offseason as one of the players primed for a breakout season. The Tigers also have junior Fred Davis, a former 5-star prospect, who could also be on the verge of putting it all together.

Freshmen Toriano Pride and Jeadyn Lukus were both highly rated blue-chip players that will have opportunities. Although, Lukus is coming off of a shoulder injury and might be brought along a little slower over the early portions of camp.

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Coaches have raved about Jeremiah Trotter Jr since the moment he stepped foot on campus. With James Skalski now having moved on, now could be Trotter’s time. It won’t be easy, though, as redshirt junior Keith Maguire has patiently been waiting for his opportunity. However, while Maguire may be more experienced, Trotter brings the kind of speed and athleticism to the position that the Tigers have lacked for years.

Right Guard

With Will Putnam moving over to center, Clemson has an spot open at his old position. Junior Mitchell Mayes will undoubtedly get an early look, as well as redshirt sophomores Bryn Tucker and John Williams.

However, the two guys really worth keeping an eye on are redshirt freshman Dietrick Pennington and true freshman Colin Sadler. Pennington was well on his way to cracking the two-deep last season before an injury sidelined him for the year. It would not be shocking at all to see him win the job outright ahead of the season opener.

Punter

It’s looking like it will be either B.T. Potter or Aiden Swanson. Clemson did sign a highly rated punter in the last recruiting class in Jack Smith, but reports out of spring were that he was not quite ready.

Winning the job and being productive would be a big boost to Potter’s worth as a kicker at the NFL level. The question is can he get it done on a consistent basis the way he does as a placekicker.

Quarterback

Last but not least, the most important position on the field. While it appears that DJ Uiagalelei’s job is safe and that the junior will be the starting quarterback come Week 1, it will be interesting to see just how hard and how far freshman Cade Klubnik pushes him in camp.

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