Interested in what the weather is going to be like on Saturday in Death Valley when No. 3 Clemson takes on S.C. State? Clemson offensive tackle Tremayne Anchrum probably has your answer.
Outside of playing football, the 6-foot-2, 290-pound offensive tackle has always dreamed of one day becoming a weatherman.
“I have always wanted to be a weatherman when I grew up, so talking hasn’t been that big of a deal for me,” Anchrum said as he spoke to the media for the first time on Tuesday since joining the Clemson team. “I enjoyed seeing the weatherman growing up like in Denver and Georgia. They were always good figureheads, they dressed nice, and people always know who the weatherman is.”
Being a weatherman is not something you normally hear from a major college football player. Most want to one day play in the NFL or maybe be a sportscaster or something along those lines, but Anchrum’s desire to become a weatherman developed from his interest in nature and science.
“I always found that nature and science were really interesting. Put those two together and they say I have a face for TV,” he said while smiling.
Named to the academic honor roll his first semester at Clemson last spring, Anchrum is learning how to balance a tough academic schedule, football and his life outside of school.
“I’m a computer science major. I’m taking calculus class now,” he said. “Just finding the time to get everything done because as an athlete there is a lot demanded of you from the sports side and of course you want to get a good degree so there is a lot demanded of you on the academic side.
“Then you also have your life you have to deal with and your family so really just making time has been the hardest part.”
Working hard since his enrollment back in January, the offensive tackle was pleased with his first performance during the Tigers’ win over Troy last Saturday.
“I felt like I competed well. I actually graded well on my technique,” he said. “I feel like I can calm down and have more poise going into the game.”
Starting to see all his hard work pay off, Anchrum recalled his favorite moment from Saturday’s game.
“Probably the time when the pocket broke down and Deshaun (Watson) had to scramble a little bit and I held my block for just a second and a half longer to get a touchdown,” the freshman said.