3 questions about the Clemson Football defensive tackles this spring

The Tigers have lots of options at defensive tackle. Perhaps too many options.

Clemson defensive lineman Peter Woods (11)
Clemson defensive lineman Peter Woods (11) / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK
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Who will emerge in the second string?

Logically, if Capehart does grab a starting spot alongside Woods, Page and Williams would be the next guys up, assuming health is not an issue. After playing in almost every game in 2021 and 2022, Williams was plagued by injuries in 2023, so his ability to bounce back is a variable in this discussion.

They aren’t the only ones in this debate, however. Big Vic Burley didn’t have much of a chance to get rolling last season before injury took him out of the equation. There is also Stephiylan Green, who was another 4-star prospect who also garnered praise.

Then there are two freshmen coming in: Hevin Brown-Shuler and Champ Thompson. Defensive Line Coach Nick Eason said this about Thompson before spring practices started.

"His attention to detail and his approach to the game is giving me Tyler Davis vibes, from a preparation standpoint. He hasn’t played in a game yet, so I’m not going to crown him from that perspective because you’re talking about Tyler Davis — he’s the guy, he’s the man. Huge shoes (to fill)."

Nick Eason

Come to think of it, it is probably presumptive to think we really have a great idea of who will emerge into the two-deep by August. That leads to a difficult topic that know one enjoys, but it must be addressed.

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