3 questions about Clemson Football quarterbacks this spring

Spring practice is underway. Here are three things I will be watching for the quarterbacks as training begins.

Clemson quarterback Cade Klubnik (2) talks with media after the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
Clemson quarterback Cade Klubnik (2) talks with media after the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK
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What happens if the Tigers need Trent Pearman or Paul Tyson?

We mentioned that the two guys ahead of Vizzina on the depth chart aren’t there anymore. Hunter Helms will be running the show at Rhode Island this season, and Paul Tyson will not be on the active roster, at least not yet. He will start in more of a coaching role.

According to head coach Dabo Swinney, the Tigers plan to have Trent Pearman, a walk-on, as the 3rd string quarterback. If there are enough injuries, Tyson will be activated since he has a year of eligibility remaining.

Swinney has made the point that if the Tigers were to get all the way to their third quarterback option the season isn’t likely to involve any major achievements anyway, and he isn’t wrong. Few programs have the depth to contend for conference championships or playoff berths with their third guy taking snaps.

Nonetheless, the Zeb Noland Plan at quarterback leaves me thinking that the Tigers could have done better at quarterback. It is a concern that might never become important. Let’s hope that is the case.

Tomorrow we will tackle questions about the running backs.

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