Camouflaged by his small and “just a normal guy” appearance, Hunter Renfrow’s storybook of a season in 2015 introduced him as a solid asset to the Clemson offense.
The former walk-on appeared in 15 games with 10 starts. He was fifth on the team with 33 receptions for 492 yards and five touchdowns. Two of those touchdown catches occurred in the College Football Playoff Championship game against Alabama.
Now that the wide receiver has grown more popular, Renfrow says the ones he holds dear still treat him as the Hunter Renfrow they have always known.
“My girlfriend still treats me the same, my family treats me the same, not much has changed. Maybe my outside views of how people see me changed, but I am still the same person and we still have to do the same things,” the redshirt sophomore said. “I still have to go and bust my butt in practice or else we bring in a five star and he is going to beat me out.”
Though he has noticed a slight difference in the way he is approached on campus by other students, Renfrow still finds himself attending classes unrecognizable by some of his classmates.
“I sat in my economics class the other day, and there were three people beside me. I said my name is Hunter, and the guy beside me was from St. George. I said, ‘I know Robert Smith,’ and he said, ‘How do you know him?’ I said, ‘I played with him.’ He was like, ‘In high school?’ I was like, ‘No, I played with him at Clemson.’ I said my name, and he still didn’t have a clue for a while and then he was like I thought you were a little bigger than that.”
At 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, Renfrow understands he has been underestimated and why he is unrecognized as a Clemson football player. Now that most everyone knows what he is capable of, he feels like he has gained a little more respect with other teams or at least hopes he has.
“Hopefully, they wouldn’t think that our coaches are dumb enough to put some walk-on out there who doesn’t know how to play,” he said jokingly. “Hopefully, I will have a little more respect.”
In gaining that respect that he rightfully deserves, Renfrow feels more confident in himself and with the way he performs on the field.
“I have more confidence, but at the same time I can’t get complacent. That’s what all of us have been fighting this preseason camp is not getting complacent and still doing the little things right, putting in the work, getting ready for the season, and most importantly getting ready for Auburn on Saturday,” Renfrow said.
The second-ranked Tigers will kick off the season down on the Plains in Auburn, Alabama on Saturday at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.