Despite playing behind Davis Allen a season ago, Jake Briningstool still found ways to make his mark on the Clemson offense.
Entering his third season, and with Allen now having moved on, the rising junior will now presumably move into a starting role. With the Tigers installing a new offense under Garrett Riley, Briningstool is excited about the possibilities that exist for the tight ends in the new scheme.
“I think this offense definitely allows us to have a lot of matchup problems,” Briningstool said. “Especially the tight ends and I think just everybody across the board,”
Halfway through the first spring practice running the new system, Briningstool is already seeing a noticeable difference.
“I think Coach Riley’s really done a good job coming in, identifying playmakers and just working to get them the ball,” he said. “So I think that’s a big change from last year, just more opportunity for everybody, and I think we fit in nicely. So, I’m excited.”
Despite playing in a reserve role, Briningstool still managed to haul in 25 catches last season and his four touchdown grabs were one off the team lead.
Now that he’s gotten a couple of years of experience, Briningstool plans to take full advantage of the opportunity in front of him, and the 6-foot-7 tight end loves some of the freedoms the new offense is giving some of the pass catchers. .
“I would say really just guys having freedom in their routes to find grass, freedom to read man or zone, and then I would just say adjusting your routes based off the coverage you see, it really just allows guys to get open, find the grass. You’re running away from a guy in man coverage, so you can create separation and get open. So, I would just say the freedom of the route running is the biggest difference, and I would say the main reason why we’d be more open.”
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