The Clemson Insider gives a scouting report on every player on Clemson’s summer depth chart. We will break down what the player does best, what he needs to work on, how he compares to other former players at his position and where he fits on the Clemson roster.
Player name: K’Von Wallace (6-0, 190)
Player position: Cornerback / Nickel
Years left of eligibility: 3 years
Current rank on depth chart: Third Team
Player productivity so far: Wallace was an Impact contributor from the 2016 class. He primarily played on special teams last year. He is one of team’s most versatile defenders as he played corner, nickel and safety in 2016. In his first season as a Tiger he had six tackles and an interception in 109 snaps while playing in all 15 games.
What player does best: Wallace is versatile. He can play anywhere in the secondary. He is extremely athletic and has good speed. He can also highpoint a football and is not afraid to tangle with anyone.
What player needs to work on: Wallace sometimes takes unnecessary risks and finds himself out of position. He sometimes leans on his athleticism causing him to take shortcuts when it comes to his techniques and fundamentals.
Productivity of former Clemson players at the position (first year and last):
Cordrea Tankersley, 2016: He had 65 tackles, including six tackles for loss. He also led the team with 11 pass breakups and was second with four interceptions. His interception in the fourth quarter of the ACC Championship game sealed the Tigers’ win. He had two interceptions in the game.
Mackensie Alexander, 2014: He had 22 tackles, including two tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He also had six passes broken up. Rarely did he have the ball thrown on him. Went the last 10 weeks of the season without allowing a touchdown pass thrown on him.
Mackensie Alexander, 2015: He had 30 tackles, including two tackles for loss. He also had six passes broken up. He was a shutdown corner and rarely did opposing quarterbacks throw to his side. He went the entire season (15 games) without giving up a touchdown pass.
Bashaud Breeland, 2012: He had 32 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack. He had three passes broken up.
Bashaud Breeland, 2013: He had 74 tackles, including 5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and 2 sacks. He also had a team-high 13 passes broken up and one quarterback pressure. He was tied for the team lead with 4 interceptions with a long of 29 yards.
What can you hope for? Wallace continued to progress in the spring at cornerback where he was challenging for playing time at the boundary position. Odds are he will get on the field in some capacity, but it seems to be more at nickel / safety than cornerback because of depth needs.
What is a realistic expectation? Wallace spent most of his time at cornerback in the spring, but after the transfer of Korrin Wiggins, he could be utilized more at safety moving forward.
What about the future? Wallace still has a lot to learn, but Mike Reed likes his potential and what the former first-team all-state performer from Richmond, Va., could potentially do for the Tigers in the future.
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