Previously Posted Positions: Quarterback
Clemson is scheduled to return 4 of 5 starters on the offensive line in 2013, but the one loss is a major one.
Dalton Freeman takes his 3,361 career snaps (38% of the team’s OL experience) and looks forward to the NFL, leaving Brandon Thomas as the dean of the offensive line with 1,900 career snaps.
Tyler Shatley, Giff Timothy and David Beasley were all first year starters in 2012 and acquitted themselves fairly well over the course of the season.
Ryan Norton (277 snaps as a freshman) is the heir apparent to Freeman and the coaches rave about his play. The question is, will the coaches still rave about Norton’s play if he’s starting at center in 2013?
Some depth was built during the 2012 season with Shaq Anthony and Isaiah Battle, both freshmen, showing the potential to develop into solid offensive linemen.
The ability of the rest of the group that played in 2012 to contribute is more questionable, suspect or not expected, depending on the player.
Not listed here are 2012 redshirts Patrick Destefano and Jay Guillermo.
Also, tight end Eric Mac Clain is cross training and eventually the plan is for Mac Clain to add depth along the offensive line.