Newly converted offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings was recently named as the Ed Conway Award winner as Pitt's most improved offensive player in the spring practices. Clemmings made the switch from the defensive line to the offensive line at the end of last year and is believed to be still hanging onto the starting job at right tackle.
I'm not convinced he'll hold off Juantez Hollins, who was expected to be the starter there in 2012 before his year-long suspension. Hollins is trying to get his job back and there's also five-star incoming freshman Dorian Johnson to contend with. I've always been skeptical about Johnson starting from the beginning of the season, but you never know, I suppose.
To be honest, I just don't know what to make of Clemmings' status right now. Winning the award means he's making strides, but offensive line coach Jim Hueber said earlier this spring that he expected Clemmings to be a bit farther along. As we've been over before, he's played some offensive line in high school, but making the transition now after working hard to make an impact of the defensive line can't be the easiest thing in the world.
We'll know more about Clemmings' standing in training camp, but for now, he seems to be holding his own at the very least.
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