|Ht./Wt.:||6-5, 225 lbs|
|High School:||Calhoun Academy|
|Class:||Grad Student (RS)|
|Years:||2016 - 2021|
B I O
Original walk-on who earned a scholarship en route to becoming a five-year starter at punter … enters 2021 having averaged 41.4 yards on 229 career punts in 56 career games (all starts) … his 56 career games played entering 2021 are already tied for ninth-most in school history … enters 2021 already holding school records for starts by a punter (56), career punts (211), punts downed inside the 20 (81) and total punting yards (9,483).
2020: Burlsworth Trophy semifinalist … All-ACC Academic Team selection … averaged 44.0 yards on 45 punts with 17 downed inside the 20-yard line and 12 of 50 yards or more … his season punting average was the second-best single-season mark in school history … also rushed for six yards and a first down on a fake punt and completed 2-for-3 passes for 13 yards as an emergency quarterback … averaged 42.8 yards on four punts including a 56-yarder at Wake Forest … averaged 46.0 yards on three punts vs. The Citadel, placing two inside the 20 and unleashing a long of 53 en route to team special teams player of the game honors … made his 47th career start vs. Virginia to break Cole Chason’s school record for career starts by a punter (46 from 2003-06) … averaged 38.3 yards on three punts in that game … earned team special teams player of the week after he averaged 52.7 yards on three punts vs. No. 7 Miami, his first game with at least three punts and an average of 50 yards or more since 2017 against Louisville (51.8 on four punts) … averaged 50.7 yards on three punts at Georgia Tech, his second straight performance with an average of 50 yards or better, and also completed 2-of-3 passes for 13 yards in the fourth quarter while gaining in-game experience for his role as Clemson’s emergency quarterback … won ACC Specialist of the Week and team special teams player of the game honors after averaging 53.6 yards on five punts, including four of 50 yards or more, vs. Syracuse, his career-long third straight game with a punting average of 50.0 yards or more … recorded a career-long-tying 64-yard punt in that contest against Syracuse, matching 64-yard punts against Louisville in 2017 and against Charlotte in 2019, and also converted a fourth-and-3 on a fake punt with a six-yard rush … averaged 48.0 yards on three punts, with two downed inside the 20 and a long of 60 vs. Boston College, including pinning Boston College at the four-yard line and leading to a Clemson safety on the following play to seal the comeback victory … shared team special teams player of the game honors for that performance against Boston College … averaged 41.7 yards on three punts at No. 4 Notre Dame … averaged 41.2 yards on six punts vs. Pitt … punted four times at Virginia Tech … dropped all three of his punts in ACC Championship Game vs. No. 2 Notre Dame inside the 20 … averaged 47.4 yards on five punts vs. No. 3 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, including two punts of 57 yards.
2019: Averaged 42.3 yards on 53 punts in 15 games, with 20 downed inside the 20 and a career-high 13 of 50 yards or more … finished with a career-high 41.7-yard net average, the second-best single-season mark in school history behind Dale Hatcher’s 1984 performance (42.4) … All-ACC Academic selection … dropped two of his three punts against Georgia Tech inside the 20, finishing the game with a 40.0 yards-per-punt average and sharing team special teams player of the game honors … averaged 42.2 yards on four punts vs. No. 12 Texas A&M … punted six times for an average of 40.5 yards at Syracuse … tied his career long with a 64-yard punt vs. Charlotte that was downed at the one-yard line … averaged 45.8 yards on five punts at North Carolina, sharing team special teams player of the game honors … averaged 43.0 yards on three punts with two downed inside the 20 vs. Florida State … averaged 36.0 yards on three punts at Louisville … recorded a 58-yard punt vs. Boston College … averaged 35.0 yards on two punts vs. Wofford … averaged 46.2 yards on four punts at NC State, earning team special teams player of the game honors … averaged 36.0 yards on two punts vs. Wake Forest … earned special teams player of the week at South Carolina, averaging 47.0 yards on two punts with both downed inside the South Carolina 10 … punted only once in the ACC Championship Game vs. No. 22 Virginia, dropping a 30-yarder inside the Virginia 20 … punted seven times for an average of 44.9 yards per punt with five punts downed inside the 20 and three punts of 50 yards or more vs. No. 2 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, tying his career high for 50-yard punts in a game and setting a career best in punts downed inside the 20 … punted a career-high nine times vs. No. 1 LSU with five punts downed inside the 20 and two of 50-plus yards.
2018: Averaged 39.7 yards on 64 punts with 19 downed inside the 20 and nine punts of 50 yards or more in 15 games … averaged 33.5 yards on two punts vs. Furman … punted a season-high eight times with three downed inside the 20 at Texas A&M, averaging 40.1 yards per punt … recorded a 32-yarder on his lone punt vs. Georgia Southern … punted three times for an average of 40.7 yards with one downed inside the 20 at Georgia Tech … had three of his four punts downed inside the 20 vs. Syracuse, earning team special teams player of the week honors with an average of 40.3 yards per punt … averaged a season-high 42.3 yards on six punts at Wake Forest … punted four times with a 40.0-yard average, including one punt downed inside the 20, against No. 16 NC State … dropped two of his five punts inside the 20 with a 37.4-yard average at Florida State … punted only once for 44 yards against Louisville … averaged 37.3 yards on six punts at No. 17 Boston College … recorded season highs in punting average (44.6) and 50-yard punts (three) on seven punts vs. Duke … averaged 37.0 yards on two punts vs. South Carolina … averaged 35.9 yards on seven punts against Pitt, including an ACC Championship-record 63-yard punt … averaged 39.8 yards on five punts in the Cotton Bowl vs. No. 3 Notre Dame … averaged 44.3 yards on three punts including a 51-yard punt following Clemson’s opening drive to flip field position against No. 1 Alabama in the National Championship Game.
2017: All-ACC Academic selection … had a 40.6-yard average and 37.7-yard net average on 67 punts in 14 games (14 starts) … had 25 punts inside the 20 against four touchbacks and 12 punts of 50+ yards … had a 49-yard punt against Kent State on Sept. 2 … had a 42.7-yard average on six punts with four punts inside the 20 against No. 13 Auburn on Sept. 9; named team special teams player-of-the-game … had a 51.8-yard average on four punts with three punts inside the 20 at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16; named ACC Specialist-of-the-Week; named team co-special teams player-of-the-game … had a 48.2-yard average on six punts against Boston College on Sept. 23 … had a 41.5-yard average on four punts with three inside the 20 and was 1-1 passing for five yards against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 … had a 42.8-yard average on five punts with three inside the 20 at Syracuse on Oct. 13 … had a 46-yard punt against The Citadel on Nov. 18 … had a 44.3-yard average on three punts (all inside the 20) at South Carolina on Nov. 25; named team co-special teams player-of-the-game.
Before Clemson: Lettered at Calhoun Academy as a quarterback and punter.
Personal: Son of former two-sport athlete and Clemson Hall of Famer Bill Spiers, who was starting punter in 1986; Bill returned to Clemson to receive his degree and is the senior special teams assistant with the Tiger football team … earned degree in construction sciences and management in December 2020 … four-time ACC Honor Roll selection (2016-19) … enters 2021 as one of only 19 players in Clemson history to be a three-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree … born Oct. 24, 1997.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide
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