Clemson fifth-year senior Martin Jenkins will start at cornerback instead of Silver Bluff alum Cordrea Tankersley, according to a depth chart released Monday.
Tankersley had been named the starter coming out of spring practice, while Jenkins was recovering from shoulder surgery. Head coach Dabo Swinney said the move was not a statement against Tankersley, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound sophomore.
“You know, (Jenkins is) a fifth-year senior, veteran guy, and Cordrea was the starter coming out of spring and the starter going into camp and is really going to be a great player for us,” Swinney said. “He’s going to be a great player this year.”
Swinney said the change was more about Jenkins, who is “healthy for the first time in a long time” and had a “great summer.”
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound sociology graduate had 26 tackles last year and returned an interception against South Carolina State 52 yards for a touchdown.
“We just felt like Martin earned the opportunity to be the starter. I am not surprised,” Swinney said. “Again, here is a fifth-year senior that’s really tough-minded and very focused on the details.”
Tankersley is now listed second at the other cornerback position behind redshirt freshman Mackensie Alexander.
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