Clemson got plenty of contributions from some of its true freshmen this past season, but others saved a season of eligibility.
Of the Tigers’ 20 scholarship signees in their 2022 recruiting class, 12 played four games or fewer, which allowed them to redshirt, according to NCAA rules. The Clemson Insider is taking a closer look at what kind of impact each redshirt player made this season if any and what his role may look like in 2023.
Next up is Caden Story
Position: Defensive tackle
High school: Lanett (Alabama)
The present: Story bided his time as a true freshman while being buried on the depth chart at a position that was rich in bodies and experience. He made just one appearance this past season, playing four snaps against Furman in the second game of the season.
The future: Star defensive tackle Bryan Bresee is headed to the NFL. Etinose Reuben, who has transferred to Georgia Tech, is also gone. Yet, with Tyler Davis and Ruke Orhorhoro deciding to return next season, the Tigers still have their share of talented depth on the interior of the defensive line. Tre Williams, Payton Page and Demonte Capehart are also back, so Story will have plenty of competition for playing time. But don’t count the talented youngster out for a larger role. With 37 sacks in his final three high school seasons, Story, a former four-star recruit, has a promising skill set for the position that could get him on the field more in 2023.
Coachspeak: “He’s a big kid that can absolutely move. You ought to see him play basketball. He’s got handles. He’s got great feet. He’s soft around the rim. He’s just a really, really good, big athlete.” – Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on Story
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