By Travis Blanks.
CLEMSON, SC-Travis Blanks, the highest rated commitment in Clemson’s 2012 class agreed to do a diary with TCI. In this entry, Travis talks about how important a good fan base is to a football team, his season, and playing on national television.
Last week, I received my US Army Bowl jersey and had my ceremony. I was the first player from my high school to ever be selected for the game. I’m very excited to play in the game, but I’m not the type of person that enjoys being the center of attention and having the spotlight so I was happy when my television interview was done.
I realize that I’m going to be playing on national television a lot when I come to Clemson and I see it as a golden opportunity that God has blessed me with. It will be quite the culture shock playing in front of so many fans but I’m more excited than nervous about it.
When I was a freshman, my team made it to the playoffs and we played in front of 2,000 fans. It’s hard to believe that in just a few short months I’m going to be playing in front of 80,000 fans in Death Valley. I don’t think I’ll be nervous in my first game, I’m pretty comfortable with my game, if anything I think I’ll just be excited.
The support of a fan base is huge to teams, even though fans may not think their yelling and screaming effects the opposing quarterback, it does. One of my good friends Clint Trickett had the opportunity to start at quarterback for Florida State against Clemson this season in Death Valley and when I talked to after the game he continued to tell me how he couldn’t hear anything when he was on the field because the crowd was that loud.
I heard about the hundreds of fans that came to the West End zone, even after the Tigers lost last weekend and I believe that’s what makes Clemson fans and Clemson so special. The fact that they love and support you even after a loss is just great.
As for the Tigers, I know that when they come out on the field on senior day against Wake Forest, they’re going to play just like they did against Florida State, Auburn, and UNC etc. They’re going to learn from their loss at Georgia Tech and grow stronger as a team because of it.
As for the community service the team is doing this week, traveling to a maximum security prison to visit with prisoners, that’s one of the main reasons why I am coming to Clemson. Coach Swinney and his coaching staff are not only molding their players into great football players, but great men. They’re helping these young men grow up. In my eyes community service is very important, as a football player you’ve got to show appreciation to those that watch you every Saturday and follow you.