As Clemson concluded spring ball in April, the one question head coach Dabo Swinney had about his team surrounded the punting unit, and there hasn’t been much clarity since then.
With Will Spiers now in the NFL, the starting punter position has become a competition between junior Aidan Swanson and kicker B.T. Potter, who has taken on the challenge of potentially playing both special teams positions.
While Swinney is confident in the protection and personnel, the punting itself from Swanson and Potter hasn’t been up to standard.
“We have a long way to go,” Swinney said on Monday. “Aidan had a really bad first day and came out the next day, and he was unbelievable on Saturday. He’s just got to find a way to be consistent.”
Swinney didn’t comment on Potter’s performance after the first couple of days of fall practice, but during the Tigers’ first practice on Friday, Swinney was not pleased with either.
“That might have been the worst punting drill I’ve ever seen in my life that first day. It was awful.”
“We’ll be ready, but we’re not ready right now. We have a long way to go.”