3 Questions about the Clemson Football safeties this spring

While the cornerbacks lack experience and depth, the safety group has both in abundance.

Dec 29, 2023; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers safety Khalil Barnes (36) celebrates
Dec 29, 2023; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers safety Khalil Barnes (36) celebrates / Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports
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Will Tyler Venables be more important on the field or on the sideline?

We’ve already addressed the COVID thing, so let’s start with that: Tyler Venables is who Tyler Venables is. He won’t suddenly become All-ACC or anything like that.

He sat out the entire 2023 season due to injuries. Credit to him for sticking it out for one more season. It would have been easy to walk away and start his life after playing football.

He will however be a key component of the depth in the safety room. He is a big asset as a guy who can step into the starting lineup if injuries impact the projected starters.

Venables will likely fill another key role: leader.

Another Venables wants to be a coach. Shocking. In all seriousness, the best units don’t just have coaches on the sideline, they have them on the field too.

The concern with the other secondary department is that the corners have talent, but lack the experience and leadership, That won’t be a problem for the safeties.

I’m expecting a big season from Mickey Conn’s safety room in 2024. Veterans like Mickens and Venables will bring stability and consistency, and rising stars like Barnes and Kylon Griffin will bring playmaking ability.

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