Jackson Carman: Freshman stepped up at Boston College when number was called
|Friday, November 16, 2018, 8:01 AM- -|
The Tigers overcame many factors to get the win over a tough Boston College team in Chestnut Hill last Saturday. The injury of starting offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt was one.
Hyatt is a four-year starter for the Tigers that recently broke the record for snaps played in a career by any player at Clemson, so his absence was huge. Hyatt left the game with a stinger on his left side.
But just like always, it was next man up for the number two team in the country. This time the void was filled by freshman left tackle Jackson Carman.
Carman was a highly rated prospect coming out of high school and he showed his value on the field Saturday night. But as a young player on the team, Carman has not seen many quality snaps, but remained ready to go in at any moment.
“It was just my number being called. You never want a player like Mitch to go out,” Carman said. “Things happen during the course of a football game and I am just glad that my coaches and my teammates helped me be prepared to step in at that moment.”
With the injury to Hyatt, Carman got plenty of quality snaps that did not come at the end of the game when Clemson is winning by 40. Those snaps may show to be important down the road for Carman and for the Tigers.
“It was a good opportunity for me to step in and help my team,” Carman said. “my teammates on the line were communicating. I am just glad we came out with the win.”
Like many freshmen, Carman has a lot to improve on. Throughout the course of the season, there have been many improvements in his game mentally and physically.
“I definitely think I’ve grown in the mental aspect of the game. There are a lot more technicalities at the college level that you don’t really have to take into account at the high school level.”
Carman has come a long way since spring ball and has shown he is someone the coaches can rely on. Carman is going to be the leader of this offensive line soon and that should make Tiger fans excited for the future.