The Washington Times - September 24, 2008, 10:06PM

Here’s an update from Larry Williams of the Charleston Post and Courier, who blogs that Clemson’s starting offensive line on Saturday will be “LT Cory Lambert, LG Bobby Hutchinson, C Thomas Austin, RG Mason Cloy, RT Landon Walker”

Hutchinson’s entry in the media guide lists his fall depth chart position as “co-second-team right offensive guard,” which is frankly a bit ominous for Clemson. Maybe even more frightening is that a month ago, the Tigers made Hutchinson a student assistant coach.


Not exactly a ringing endorsement of the guy’s playing ability, you’d think.

Williams has written several times Austin is the only one of Clemson’s top 10 linemen with substantial experience coming into the season, and now there’s injuries on top of it. Imagine if Maryland’s biggest worry spots in 2006 (wide receiver depth) and 2007 (offensive line injuries) were melded together. That’s what the Tigers are facing now.

Clearly, the line is Clemson’s shakiest position; Tommy Bowden was fretting about it as far back as spring practice. If Maryland (and, frankly, anyone else in the ACC) can exploit that weakness, Clemson could be in for some long days in the near future.

—- Patrick Stevens