Special teams rounding into form as season approaches


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BT Potter has pulled ahead in the competition at kicker
BT Potter has pulled ahead in the competition at kicker

CLEMSON - Special teams has always been the unknown for the Clemson Tigers, especially in recent years. With the 2019 season arriving soon, there are a few different areas that will need to be filled.

At placekicker, it looks as if B.T. Potter leads the battle to fill the position for the year, but special teams coach Danny Pearman mentioned that both Steven Sawicki and Jonathan Weitz have both performed well and are challenging Potter.

“I would say (B.T.) is ahead of the competition, but it has been steady each scrimmage. Jonathan and Steven have both pushed him, so it is still kind of ongoing,” coach Pearman said.

Another position that needs to be filled is punt returner. Last year, the role was filled by Amari Rodgers, but since he is out with a torn ACL, Pearman has been looking for someone to fill that role. There are multiple options that the coaching staff has looked at.

“We’ve had to go at look at some of these freshman kids, who have done a good job,” coach Pearman said. “Will Swinney has done a good job catching the ball and possessing the ball. Will Brown is another kid that has done a good job. Some of the others we are taking a look at are Mikey Dukes, Andrew Booth Jr., and K’Von Wallace.”

The position that most fans are wondering about the most, though, is punter. Punting has not been the Tigers’ strong suit over the past couple years. This year, there is a three-way competition between Will Spiers, Aiden Swanson, and Sawicki.

“(Spiers) has been okay. Aiden has pushed him and Sawicki has pushed him. That’s a three-way competition there,” coach Pearman said. “Some days (Spiers) has come out the victor and some days he has been beaten out. It’s a good, healthy competition there.”

Most of these positions are expected to be filled by the opener against Georgia Tech but don’t be surprised to see multiple players at each of these positions. The only true way these competitions can be solved is in real game action.

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spacer So according to Pearman, BT is being pushed by the other two
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spacer If you take coach speak that seriously about who will...
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spacer So we really shoudn't take anything they say seriously?
cutigerbob®
spacer So I guess we shouldn't expect anything out of punt returns
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spacer Expect to not drop the ball, and give our O a chance.
TigerTown
spacer When you have Lawrence and Etienne in the same backfield
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spacer With punt returns, I honestly would be fine without
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spacer That's not realistic though. I don't think we've ever
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spacer Renfrow never miffed a punt***
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