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Clemson’s 12th man is now in a position to start

Though he is listed as Clemson’s starting corner on the field side, it does not mean Marcus Edmond has arrived.

“He is one of those guys that really needs to take it to another level this summer,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said recently. “If he will do that, then he will be set up for a heck of a senior year.”

Edmond is coming off a heck of a junior for the Tigers. During Clemson’s run to its first national championship in 35 years, the Hopkins, S.C., native saw an expanded role in the secondary. He played in 13 games and earned three starts, but the two plays fans remember most was his tackle on Louisville wide receiver James Quick to preserve the Tigers’ win over the Cardinals, and his interception in the end zone in overtime to do the same to NC State.

“Last year, was huge for him,” Swinney said. “It was really just the first time he had significant playing time, but not only that but he had some monster plays in critical situations. That helped his confidence.”

Edmond earned a share of the defense’s 12th Man Award in 2016, along with defensive end Austin Bryant and former defensive tackle Scott Pagano. He tallied 19 tackles in 323 snaps with an interception and three pass breakups.

All of that experience helped Edmond in the spring, where he was very productive despite missing some practices due to his class schedule.

“It was a stressful spring for him because he had to miss some spring practice because of his class schedule and trying to finish up so he is excited to really go and grind this summer,” Swinney said.

All that hard work paid off, though. Not only did Edmond earn a first-team position on the summer depth chart, but he also graduated from Clemson earlier this month.

“He had a good spring. He is coming out of the spring as a starter, he and Ryan Carter,” Swinney said. “We don’t have many seniors. We only have six scholarship seniors on this team. That’s two of them Marcus and Ryan.

“He just graduated. It is all football for him now.”

Above photo Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

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