The bad news is Clemson loses about 6,800 snaps in the defensive backfield. If you ask a lot of Tiger fans the good news is Clemson loses 6,800 snaps in the defensive backfield.
Gone are Rashard Hall, Xavier Brewer and Jonathan Meeks, who all individually or collectively were the focal points of the fans ire when long plays, bad angles and poor tackling plagued the secondary.
Not all is lost though as the Tigers return 4 players with between 366 and 700 career snaps.
The question is will it be a matter of addition by subtraction or will the defensive backfield suffer through another tough season.
Travis Blanks played about as well as you could expect a true freshman and has a bright future. The other three have all had ups and downs in their time at Clemson and questions remain about the skill level of this group.
Not listed above are redshirt Ronald Geohaghan and Hargrave Military placement Cordrea Tankersley.
This is a group that should be updated immediately assuming current commitments sign LOIs on National Signing Day (today).
Still, this is post is about returning experience and depending on true freshmen to play in the defensive backfield is a dicey proposition at best.