As Nick Eason sat down to begin his media availability Tuesday inside the Allen N. Reeves football complex, the first question for Clemson’s freshman defensive tackles coach highlighted the state of health of his position, especially star lineman Bryan Bresee.
When asked if Bresee and fellow defensive tackle Tre Williams were fully healthy with the start of fall camp just weeks away, Eason said yes.
“We’re ready to rock and roll,” Eason said.
Eason’s comment applied to the position as a whole, but Bresee is the headliner after a major injury. Widely slated to be a first-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft, Bresee has missed all of spring after recovering from ACL surgery that limited his sophomore season to just four games.
Meanwhile, Williams suffered numerous injuries a season ago, including to both shoulders. Williams, one of the Tigers’ best substitutes at the position, still managed to play 11 games but also missed the spring after undergoing surgery.
Eason said he challenged not just Bresee and Williams, but all of the Tigers’ defensive tackles to train their bodies like professionals. With veteran Tyler Davis and Ruke Orhorhoro among those also in the fold, Eason knows there is no shortage of position for players who could be given the opportunity to play at the next level sooner rather than later.
“Brian and Tre have done a really great job taking care of their bodies this offseason,” Eason said. “It’s going to be a constant thing that they have to keep working on throughout the year. They’re going to have to learn how to be pros before they turn pros, but right now they have to be the best Clemson Tigers they have. can be for themselves.
“We have to do a good job of being proactive with our bodies, stretching and doing everything we can to prevent injuries, which we’ve had a lot on the defensive line in the past. So I challenged (all of our linemen) to do it, and they’ve risen to the challenge so far. They just need to be consistent throughout the season.
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