The Clemson Tigers began their second session of spring practice last week. Rightfully so, much of the talk so far is about the quarterback battle.
However, the Tigers are replacing much more than just quarterback Tajh Boyd.
Fortunately for Clemson, the defense—the front four, at least—is mostly set. Granted, there are openings with linebackers Spencer Shuey and Quandon Christian now gone, but talented and experienced senior Tony Steward should successfully replace Shuey.
Meanwhile, the secondary has several talented playmakers. Led by a pair of redshirt freshmen, Mackensie Alexander and Adrian Baker, the Tigers appear to be set on the back end for the next few years.
The offensive line lost left tackle Brandon Thomas, but head coach Dabo Swinney has been pleased with his projected starting five so far this spring, according to Kerry Capps of OrangeAndWhite.com. Isaiah Battle could be a future star at left tackle.
So what are the top position battles this spring, and how are they shaping up?