3 questions about the Clemson Football offensive line this spring

A lot of eyes will be on Matt Luke and his first squad at Clemson. Here are three high level questions regarding the offensive line this spring.

Clemson offensive line coach Matt Luke during Clemson football team practice before the Gator Bowl.
Clemson offensive line coach Matt Luke during Clemson football team practice before the Gator Bowl. / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK
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Could we see a major shakeup?

Luke has the responsibility of ‘fixing’ the offensive line quickly. The Tigers attempted to recruit transfers from the portal but struck out with all of them. The only additions to the group were incoming freshmen.

It would be wonderful to think that Luke will simply get the best out of each player individually with superior coaching techniques and that their play as a unit will improve because Luke’s system is better and he is much more experienced than his predecessor.

Then again, he may simply have to play the hand he was dealt. There is a chance that the best way to improve the play of the unit is to change some of the personnel who start.

Some individuals may blossom under Luke and pass the players ahead of them on the depth chart. Leigh has the least experience and at first glance, it would seem Collin Sadler isn’t far behind him.

I also wouldn’t be surprised if one or more players pushed the guards, and not just because of health reasons. There are plenty of people who are high on Sewell. Howard stepped in when injuries sidelined guys last year. Dietrick Pennington is a man who could suddenly have a light come on under Luke’s tutelage. Ian Reed was slowed last year due to illness and we really don’t know where he stands, but if he is back to full strength he could contribute.

At this point, before we’ve seen anyone in the spring game, I would think it is more likely that we have at least one surprise starter around the new center this fall than for the line to simply maintain the status quo from 2023.

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