49ers assistant coach on Pinion: "Sky's the limit"

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Pos: P   Height: 6-6   Weight: 230   Hometown: Concord, NC (Northwest Cabarrus HS)  
Years Played: 2012 - 2014

Former Clemson punter Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
Punter (2012 - 2014)
#92 6-6, 230
Concord, NC

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might be making the San Fransisco 49ers look smart for drafting him in the 5th round and as the first punter in the 2014 NFL Draft.

He was the first punter drafted by Clemson since Chris Gardocki in the third round in 1991.

49ers special teams' coach Thomas McGaughey was talking glowingly about his rookie punter. "As a punter," McGaughey said to 49ers.com. "He has tremendous upside. The hang time to distance ratio with this kid is very, very good. He’s got to get consistent directionally, but the sky’s the limit with this kid.

Pinion will compete for the punter job as well as the kickoff duties. "He (Pinion) and Phil are going to compete for the kickoff job,” McGaughey said. “And they know that. They’re both very talented. Phil has done it for a long time. Bradley has a great young leg. We’ll see how it shakes out."

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 broke 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. He 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.

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