There were nine Clemson football players who redshirted in 2018. Let’s take a look at the redshirts who are most ready to compete for playing time.
Nine Clemson football players redshirted during the 2018 season. Out of that group, seven of them were true-freshmen and two were juniors.
In just a few weeks, the Tigers are going to take the practice field and begin 15 sessions of spring practice. During that time, we’ll hear a lot about players who have the opportunity to make an impact in 2019.
Among those players that will make an impact in 2019 are several redshirts who didn’t see the field very often in 2018.
So, who are the redshirt that have the biggest chance to make an impact in 2019? To me, it comes down to two guys.
Two defensive monsters…
The two redshirts that have the greatest chance to make an impact for Clemson football in 2019, in my opinion, are LB Jamie Skalski and DE KJ Henry.
I think you could make an argument for some of the other guys like Darnell Jefferies and Cornell Powell, but I think Henry and Skalski are the two main ones because they have a chance to start.
You’re not just talking about them playing a lot of snaps.
Skalski enters 2019 as a first-team linebacker. The coaching staff saved a year of eligibility, basically preparing and holding him for this year.
Henry will be competing with Logan Rudolph and Justin Foster, but I think there’s a great opportunity for him to earn playing time and perhaps a co-starter role at defensive end before it’s all said and done.
We’re going to take a more in-depth look at some of the redshirts and their ability to play in the next couple of weeks, so make sure you check back here on Rubbing the Rock.