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Junior offensive tackle Shaq Anthony
Losing Brandon Thomas was a tough blow for Clemson's offensive line. Fortunately for Swinney, the Tigers feature a group of experienced linemen that should step in this fall and continue the strong offensive line play that was a staple in recent years.
Junior Isaiah Battle will be Clemson's left tackle. Battle is big (6'6", 280 lbs) and athletic with long arms. He gets sloppy with his technique at times, but if he masters that aspect, he could be an All-American lineman. Battle has that type of ability.
Juniors Shaq Anthony and Eric Mac Lain bring experience to the offensive line. They will compete to start at right tackle. Mac Lain can also play inside. Anthony could be the starter here because Mac Lain missed much of spring practice with a lingering toe issue.
Center should be in good hands with junior Ryan Norton battling it out with sophomore Jay Guillermo. Norton has 13 career starts, and if he doesn't beat out Guillermo at center, he could be moved to guard.
Senior David Beasley should be the left guard. A two-year starter, Beasley will miss the season opener at Georgia due to suspension. However, keep an eye on massive senior Kalon Davis, who split time with Beasley last season. Beasley could be an all-ACC guard if he focuses on controlling his weight and stays out of trouble
Davis is in line to start at left guard if he doesn't beat out Beasley. He is an outstanding run-blocker.