Clemson enters the spring with a wealth of experience returning at safety.
Two of those players were ranked in PFFs Top 10 returning players at the position.
Andrew Mukuba was ranked sixth, despite the sophomore slump he experienced in 2022.
Mukuba had a very disappointing sophomore season with just a 50.2 grade.
However, he was battling injuries and was coming off a stellar freshman year. Over the last two seasons, the sophomore’s 17 coverage stops were tied for eighth among Power Five safeties while his 10 forced incompletions are tied for ninth.
RJ Mickens also made the cut, coming in at No. 10.
The second of two Clemson safeties on this list, Mickens is the underrated star in the Tigers’ secondary.
The junior’s 87.2 grade over the last two seasons is second to only Kinchens among Power Five safeties. In that span, he’s only given up 0.28 yards per coverage snap, tied for seventh in the Power Five.
Clemson and Florida State have released depth charts ahead of this weekend’s matchup at Death Valley.
Clemson vs Florida Atlantic: Depth Charts
The ninth-ranked Tigers will travel to Duke to face off with the Blue Devils. Kickoff is set for 8 pm and the game will be televised by ESPN.