Most can remember the Clemson Tiger defense under first-year coordinator Brent Venables during the 2012 season.
It certainly had its rough spots—especially in the secondary—but the defense showed signs of life as the season progressed. It sparked to life in the Chick-Fil-A bowl against LSU, and proved to be among the biggest deciding factors in the game—forcing the LSU Tigers to eight three-and-outs en route to a 25-24 victory.
Now in year two, the Tigers have had a full offseason in Venables' system, and they have more numbers and flexibility at certain positions that they just didn't have this time last year. With the biggest question regarding a possible national championship being the Tigers' defense, the difference could be the emergence of playmakers that could make this defense thrive.
But what players have the chance to emerge as solid playmakers for this defense?