Kickers often don’t get the fair treatment. Yes, they “only have one job” but often they also only get one snapshot opportunity to get the job done. Talk about a high pressure job…..you have just that with kickers.
Last week, I got the chance to ask Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney about his returning starter, B.T. Potter , and how he has learned from his experiences last season—which included being temporarily benched following a pair of missed field goals against FSU and on the road at North Carolina.
Highly competitive games often come down to special teams, whether that’s a missed field goal, blocked punt, or just an overall advantage in average starting field position.
While that department can be a major area of concern, that doesn’t appear to be the case this season for Clemson as the Tigers return B.T. Potter. The Rock Hill, S.C., native earned first-team reps as a freshman and has hardly looked back outside of temporarily being replaced by Steven Sawicki midway through the 2019 campaign.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney voiced his confidence in his veteran placekicker who enters this season with the longest field goal in College Football Playoff National Championship history with his 52-yard conversion against LSU in January.
“B.T. is in another place confidence-wise,” Swinney said. “It is always great to see guys mature and grow into their role, to handle the adversity, to handle the success and really just both of those things to develop, and he’s done that.”
Check out this link for the full story on Swinney about B.T. Potter courtesy of Sports Illustrated’s AllClemson.com.