Pinion breaks down his decision to turn pro


  by - Senior Writer - 2015-01-06 16:24:36.0
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Andy Teasdall - shown here before the Russell Athletic Bowl - might be next in line to punt

CLEMSON – The timing turned out to be just right for Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
Jr. Punter
#92 6-6, 230
Concord, NC

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.

Clemson’s junior punter signed with an agent Tuesday, effectively ending his Clemson career. The native of Concord, N.C. entered Clemson in 2012 and had one more year of eligibility.

Pinion, who played as a first-year freshman in 2012, served as Clemson’s punter and handled kickoffs each of the last two seasons and was a big reason the Tigers were strong on special teams during that time. With the return of Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
RS Jr. Kicker
#36 5-10, 200
Alpharetta, GA

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– who will be pushed by Alex SpenceAlex Spence
Fr. Kicker
#47 6-2, 190
Florence, SC

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– Clemson’s special teams figured to be one of the best in the conference next season.

However, Pinion said the timing was right for him to go ahead and declare for the draft.

“My family is one hundred one percent on board with it,” Pinion told TigerNet shortly after the announcement. “There really aren’t a lot of good kickers coming out this year, and I just felt like this was the best time for me to accomplish my dream of playing in the NFL. I love Clemson and I thank the coaches and all of the fans for a wonderful time, but I just felt like this was the best time to see what I can do on the next level. I’ve talked to a lot of people, but I’ve known for a while that this is what I wanted to do.”

Pinion averaged 42.6 yards per punt, fifth-best in the ACC, in 2014. He had 28 punts inside the 20 to lead the ACC and break his own school record for a season. He also had 17 punts of 50+ yards, tied for third-most in the ACC, and just two touchbacks.

Pinion finished the 2014 season with a net punting average of 40.3, sixth-best in Tiger history and the second-best mark by a Tiger since 1984. He had five punts for a 43.4-yard average in his final game, the Tigers' 40-6 victory over Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

He also handled kickoffs and had 36 touchbacks on his 74 kickoffs in 2014. He had 102 touchbacks in 178 career kickoffs.

However, punters declaring early for the draft is a rarity – LSU’s Brad Wing declared early in 2013 and went undrafted. Wing spent the 2013 season as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad but hooked up with the Pittsburgh Steelers this season. Wing appeared in 16 games with Pittsburgh and averaged 43.7 yards per punt on 61 punts.

Pinion told TigerNet that he didn’t submit his draft paperwork in December before the bowl, mainly because he already had his mind made up he was going to turn professional. He also says that he thinks getting drafted is still a possibility, but he is willing to try the free agent route.

“I would have turned pro even if I knew for certain,” Pinion said. “I feel like I can do a lot of things – I can kickoff, I can punt and I can kick field goals. But I do think the NFL Draft is still a possibility. We will just wait and see, and if I have to go in as a free agent that’s what I will do.”

So who will punt for Clemson next season? Maybe Andy Teasdall, who hit a 44-yarder in relief of Pinion against the Sooners in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Andy TeasdallAndy Teasdall
RS So. Punter
#95 5-11, 185
Winston-Salem, NC

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can do a great job,” Pinion said. “It’s up to him and the coaches, and if the coaches can’t bring someone in this year then Andy can do the job. Any punter would be crazy to not want to come here, but if they don’t get someone this season then Andy will do a good job. It’s just up to him and the coaches and if he wants it bad enough and will put the work in.”

Pinion said two memories stand out to him from his Clemson career.

“The punt in the Orange Bowl is one,” he said. “And then the onside kick attempt this year against South Carolina. That was awesome, and I will never forget that.”

It's official! Can't wait to work with MGC Sports!

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New Story: Pinion breaks down his decision to turn pro
TigerNet News
Dabo fixed that Special Teams problem we used to have every
argonaut1992®
I'd agree except our returns
xtiger
I never understood why Humphreys was there.
argonaut1992®
Re: I never understood why Humphreys was there.
Ctigermae
Re: I'd agree except our returns
slumdog
Wut?
grover173
wishing you the best and thanks. You will be always a tiger***
nick0104®
thanks for all the work you've done at Clemson, I have
ragtop
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fencebusters®
I'm wondering the same thing
JD404
Hard to play football and graduate in 3 years
Neal in NC®
Re: Hard to play football and graduate in 3 years
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Re: New Story: Pinion breaks down his decision to turn pro
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slumdog
I think to be drafted he may have needed tha extra year. I
ragtop
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I bleed orange
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I bleed orange
This may have something to do with how many
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Re: This may have something to do with how many
slumdog
Re: This may have something to do with how many
theclash®
Re: This may have something to do with how many
slumdog
Re: This may have something to do with how many
TigerinChucktown
I wish Pinion the best but do not see him as a pro
SocMan2®
Re: I wish Pinion the best but do not see him as a pro
slumdog
Are we even going to need a punter in 2015? Lmao!***
TigerFanX2000
I still don't get it
jdtiger98
slight correction to stats I posted
jdtiger98
If he was scholarship then we've got another one free.
ClemsonTiger1988®
Re: I still don't get it
slumdog
Is it his punting or the punt coverage? NFL will analyze.
Razzmatazz
Good luck to you!
Dugatiger®
Do not understand this
tigertown0626
Pinion Leaving
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Re: Pinion Leaving
MaukaTiger®
he knows we aren't going to punt next year***
rudetiger
Deshaun will handle it
cbiesold
Can someone ask if he is going to graduate in May?
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I am of the Opinion that....
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