came on strong late last season and has carried it over to the spring
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Brad Senkiw , brad.senkiw 11 55 a.m. ET April 3, 2017
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Clemson offensive lineman John Simpson 74 blocks for quarterback Deshaun Watson 4 during the 2nd quarter on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Clemson s Memorial Stadium. Photo BART BOATWRIGHT/Staff

Clemson is replacing just one offensive linemen from last year Taylor Hearn Jersey, and Justin Falcinelli has established himself as the first team center , but rising sophomore John Simpson has caught the attention of the coaches with his effort on the second team O line this spring.

Simpson is a talented, fast, athletic left guard who came on strong late last season and has carried it over to the spring. The 6 foot 4, 315 pound North Charleston native hasn’t cross trained much, working primarily behind starter Taylor Hearn this spring.

He’s impressed coaches with his ability to handle the challenge of Clemson’s talented first team defensive line each practice. It’s unlikely that Simpson can unseat the veteran Hearn, but Simpson could play either guard position if needed.

The Fort Dorchester product was the second ranked recruit in the state’s 2016 class and a finalist for Mr. Football.

“I’m really proud of him. He’s playing fast. He’s playing physical. We’ve got a pretty good situation right there with he and big Taylor. He’s having a good spring.” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney