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Swinney not showing his hand on defense

GREENWOOD, S.C. — Will K’Von Wallace move to safety once Clemson begins practice in August? Maybe, but Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was not showing his hand on Monday night in Greenwood.

Swinney, along with men’s basketball coach Brad Brownell, was at The James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood as part of this spring’s IPTAY Prowl and Growl Tour.

“We know K’Von can play safety, but we love our guys,” Swinney said. “Coming out of spring with Van (Smith) and (Tanner) Muse, those two guys that really had good springs, and then we’re really excited about Denzel (Johnson) and Isaiah Simmons and Nolan (Turner).”

Wallace played safety last season for the Tigers, but this spring he moved to cornerback, primarily working the boundary corner position with Ryan Carter, Trayvon Mullen and Mark Fields. However, Korrin Wiggins left the Clemson program last month after going through all of spring workouts and putting himself on the Tigers’ two-deep chart.

But even with Wiggins’ departure, Swinney feels good about where they are at safety, and at least right now it seems like he is going to keep his talented sophomore at cornerback.

“We’ve got five guys there that we feel pretty doggone good about — where they are now and then, where they’re going to be come September, and based on the springs that they had,” the Clemson coach said. “And then certainly we’ve got K’Von, a guy like K’Von that can also play safety as well, so we’ve got a lot of options.”

Clemson returns seven starters from a defense that led the ACC in scoring and total defense and ranked in the top 10 nationally in both.

“I think we’ve got a chance to be pretty good on defense,” Swinney said. “We’ve got the most competition that we’ve had at all three levels, and really good depth at all three levels. So it’s a good situation, and we like the people we’ve got.”

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