Sometimes, position battles have a way of working themselves out.
Sometimes, one player just outperforms his competition so vastly, so publicly, that coaches have no choice but to name a victor and lock him into a starting role.
Other times, you have what happened last weekend at Clemson. Entering the Orange and White game, the Tigers had a three-way battle to replace record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd in senior Cole Stoudt, sophomore Chad Kelly and true freshman DeShaun Watson.
All of that changed Saturday. Kelly was pulled from the game after throwing two interceptions and sniping with coaches on the sideline after his team elected to punt on a 4th-and-3 inside the 50. On Monday, Kelly was dismissed from Clemson’s program for what coach Dabo Swinney called in a release “a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program.”
One day later, Swinney named Stoudt the starter over Watson, who missed the game with a cracked collarbone but is expected to contribute this fall regardless.
Not all battles are so easy to resolve. With spring workouts winding to a close this weekend and next, a number of high-profile competitions will stretch into the summer unresolved. Here are seven spring practice position battles that are heating up as spring practice transitions into summer workouts.