The Clemson football offensive line has the potential to be the best it has been in Dabo Swinney’s tenure, but that will depend a lot on development.
As we continue our quick preview of each Clemson football positional unit before the spring, let’s take a look at the Tiger offensive line.
We all know how good the Clemson offense has a chance to be in 2019. The Tigers return the best quarterback in the nation in Trevor Lawrence, along with two really deep skill position rooms in the running backs and wide receivers.
There’s talent all over the field at the skill positions and, really, it’s not even funny.
Clemson football will lose a couple of key starters on the offensive line, though, in Mitch Hyatt and Justin Falcinelli. Can the Tigers find a way to replace those two experience veterans off of last year’s team?
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The quick answer to that question, in my opinion, is a resounding yes. The Tigers will, without a doubt, miss both Hyatt and Falcinelli. They were both great leaders and talented players during their respective careers.
But, believe it or not, I think this offensive line has the potential to be the best in more than a decade for Clemson football.
Jackson Carman will be filling in for Hyatt and Gage Cervenka is expected to take over at the center position. This group of Carman (LT), John Simpson (LG), Cervenka (C), Sean Pollard (RG) and TreMayne Anchrum (RT) as starters would be the most talented group- and experienced, for that matter- that Clemson has had in quite some time.
You also have guys like Cade Stewart- who could potentially compete for that RG starting spot- Matt Bockhorst, Chandler Reeves, Blake Vinson and others that are ready to step up into bigger roles and fill that second-string unit.
Overall, this group has potential to be really good. It will be interesting to see if they can build chemistry and continuity in the spring and use that to their advantage this fall.