Player Spotlight: Jay Guillermo


While there is plenty of information circling the internet about matchups, personnel and schemes that relate to Clemson and the opponents of the Tigers, The Clemson Insider decided to also dig a bit deeper into the dynamic individual personalities of Clemson’s student athletes.

In this edition we get to know one of the veteran leaders of Clemson’s football team a little better. Center Jay Guillermo is a redshirt senior who provides his teammates with love, encouragement and plenty of laughs.

What is your favorite color?

“My favorite color is orange believe it or not.”

What food can you not live without?


What is your favorite movie?

“That’s a hard one, probably Forrest Gump, Remember the Titans, Warrior or We Were Soldiers.”

If you could only binge watch 1 show on Netflix for the rest of your life, what would it be?

“Oh my God, probably either the office or I don’t know the office is pretty funny, but I like Modern Family too.”

 When I’m not playing football I…

“I am fishing or sitting around at my house.”

My friends would say that I am…


Who is your favorite celebrity (including athletes)?

“I’d probably have to say Jeff Saturday because he is one of the best centers to ever play, and I grew up watching him.”

If you could choose a walk-out song, what would it be?

“I have no idea. I’m just going to go with probably something like hard metal. I’m just going to go with like a general genre. Something really heavy like hard metal.”

If I didn’t play football, I would play…

“I’d probably wrestle.”

Do you have any hidden talents?


What about your ability to imitate people?

“Yeah I guess that could be it but it is not really hidden, but a lot of the guys say I should go be like the voice actors or something, because I can imitate a lot of people’s voices.”

Who is your favorite person to imitate from Clemson?

“From Clemson, Coach Caldwell.”

Will you have a go to dance move?

“If I make a big play, no, but whenever we get into the locker room, I always like to go up and make fun of Coach Swinney because he will do the Carlton. But it looks just as bad as they think they wanted it to look like in the show, if not worse.”

What is something that someone would be surprised to know about you?

“I don’t know. I am a pretty open book, so I don’t know anything anyone would be surprised about. I guess just like… I don’t want to sound weird, but like how friendly I am. I will just go up to random people on the street and just be like ‘hey what’s up?’ I guess that would have to be one, just how outgoing I can be in public.”

What is your favorite thing about Clemson?

“Probably just the whole Clemson Family atmosphere and how close everyone is from the alumni to the current students and everything.”

What has been your best memory at Clemson?

“I have way too many. Probably just hanging out with a bunch of the guys on the team or friends that aren’t even on the team, outside of football on Fridays and Saturdays in Clemson where there is like a baseball game or a women’s soccer game or something that whenever we don’t have football and they are playing, we will go watch like a basketball game. Just probably something like that,” Guillermo said. “That is definitely what I will miss other than obviously all that (points to Death Valley). Definitely just being in Clemson. Clemson is just a great place in general just even without the university. You’ve got two lakes right there. Greenville is 30 minutes away. People come here and say there is nothing to do here, but there is if you know what to do. That is probably the thing I will miss the most.”

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