Most Anticipated Clemson Tigers of 2023: No. 10 DeMonte Capehart

All Clemson Tigers is getting you ready for the 2023 season with 10 of the most anticipated players heading into the fall.

These Tigers are either coming off of injuries, stepping into larger roles or are needed for Clemson to have a big season. You won’t find as many well-known commodities like Will Shipley or Barrett Carter on this list. Instead, the focus is on players the fans can’t wait to see do something they haven’t seen. 

Let’s start the countdown with No. 10:

Junior DT DeMonte Capehart (6-foot-5, 305 pounds) 

Key stats from 2022: 12 total tackles on 83 snaps in 13 games, six solo tackles, two tackles for a loss, three total tackles in Orange Bowl against Tennessee. 

Why the hype?: Capehart is heading into his fourth season with the program, and if not for a logjam at defensive tackle, he’d likely be a candidate for a starting position. But Ruke Orhorhoro and Tyler Davis decided to come back for another season, pushing Capehart down the depth chart. However, he’s one of the most physically imposing players on the roster. He stood out in the spring despite a loaded group. His upside/ceiling still feels immense as an inside run-stopper. 

What to expect in 2023: Capehart will have to fight for playing time with the likes of Payton Page, Peter Woods and Tré Williams. He’s been nicked up in his career, so staying healthy will be the first key to getting ample playing time. Clemson prefers a heavy rotation up front to keep guys fresh, and if Capehart gets enough snaps and the light has come on for him, he could easily double his career production of 15 tackles and should get his first career sack in 2023.

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