Clemson offensive lineman Blake Miller has been amongst the Tigers’ biggest surprises during fall camp.

The 6-foot-6 true freshman is battling for a starting job on Clemson’s offensive line. According to reports from practice, he’s been occasionally working with the first-team at right tackle and pushing incumbent starter Walker Parks to right guard.

“Obviously he’s got progress to make as we all do, but he’s more than holding his own,” Parks told reporters on Thursday, via The Clemson Insider. “He did really good in the spring. He’s done really good in the fall. And that’s why he might earn a starting spot on this unit.”

Sophomore offensive lineman Marcus Tate was also singing Miller’s praises on Thursday. Tate called Miller, “one helluva monster.”

Miller was a big-time get for the Tigers in the class of 2022. Miller is an Ohio native and Clemson managed to beat out his hometown Buckeyes for his commitment. He was the No. 16 offensive tackle in the country, per 247Sports Composite rankings.

Clemson returns 4 starters from last season’s offensive line: Parks, Tate, center Will Putnam and left tackle Jordan McFadden. That means Miller is presumably in a battle with redshirt freshman Dietrick Pennington for the final starting job. Pennington would likely slot in at right guard while Parks could remain at right tackle, where he started 13 games a year ago.

Regardless of whether or not Miller is able to earn the starting job on Day 1, Miller’s development a great sign for Clemson’s depth in the immediate and in the long term.

Clemson opens the season with Georgia Tech on Sept. 5.