Clemson football WR Derion Kendrick has been playing a lot of cornerback this spring due to injuries in the defensive backfield. Could we see more in the future?
The Clemson football defensive backfield has been depleted due to injury in the spring. LeAnthony Williams, Mario Goodrich and Kyler McMichael have all suffered minor injuries that have left them out for parts of the spring.
Most likely, those guys will be back before the end of spring and should definitely be back before the Tigers begin summer workouts, but that has left a void for the time being.
Because of that lack of depth, Clemson football has moved Derion Kendrick over to cornerback to fill that position.
Dabo Swinney told the media after the scrimmage Wednesday that Kendrick’s primary position is still wide receiver, but that the coaches like to cross-train a guy on both sides of the ball in case of injuries or instances like what had happen this spring.
Swinney certainly wasn’t opposed to the idea of Kendrick possibly having two homes, though. That’s because he has looked really good at defensive back.
Could we see more?
In my opinion, I think you will see Kendrick transition back over to pretty much full-time wide receiver after the spring.
I think he’s going to have a major role in the offense and, most likely, will be the first wide receiver off the bench this season.
But, because of the depth at wide receiver, I do believe that we could see Kendrick have select times when he’s on the field with the defense, especially if the unit needs more speed at times to deal with an opponent’s passing attack.
We did see Ray-Ray McCloud get a few snaps at defensive back when the Tigers cross-trained him for the position and I think the same could happen with Kendrick.
He’s not changing positions, but we still could see him on the field at times with the defense if needed.