At last, our long national nightmare is finally over. Clemson football returns Saturday as the #2 Tigers take on Furman in Death Valley, and the long awaited depth chart was released today.
2018 Clemson Depth Chart released. LET’S GO!! pic.twitter.com/YKrst80Kjp— Adam Choice Fan Account (@MattFGoldin) August 27, 2018
The first big note here is that Kelly Bryant was named starter. While the Trevor Lawrence hype train has reached full steam over the offseason, this was a pretty expected move. We should expect to see a healthy dose Trevor during the Furman game, and he still has a chance to win the job during the season, but for now, KB2 is QB1.
Kicker Greg Huegel comes back has the starting place kicker after missing the second half of last year with an ACL injury, however freshman B.T. Potter has been named the kickoff specialist. Potter is a three star kicker out of Rock Hill, SC who was a participant in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Game.
Travis Etienne has established himself as the starting running back, and it looks as if Adam Choice has made some separation for the #2 spot. The post Spring chart had the #2 running back listed as Adam Choice OR Tavien Feaster, however that “OR” is noticeably absent. This likely isn’t permanent (C.J. Fuller was our starting RB for game 1 last year), but it’ll be interesting to watch how Feaster is used in the offense and if he can work his way back into the #2 spot as the year progresses.
Mark Fields, who made a handful of starts at CB last year before being derailed by an injury, comes in as a second string CB behind sophomore AJ Terrell. Tre Lamar, who also faced injuries last year, has returned to his spot as the starting middle linebacker.
As for Furman, starting at cornerback and punt returner will be Amir Trapp. Trapp, son of former Clemson star James Trapp, spent the past few seasons at Clemson as a reserve cornerback before transferring to Furman following the 2017 season. The Paladins list Harris Roberts OR JeMar Lincoln as their starting QB. Roberts is currently taking classes at Clemson through an exchange program that allows him to earn an engineering degree.