Clemson got plenty of contributions from some of its true freshmen this past season, but others saved a season of eligibility.
Of the Tigers’ 20 scholarship signees in their 2022 recruiting class, 12 played four games or fewer, which allowed them to redshirt, according to NCAA rules. The Clemson Insider is taking a closer look at what kind of impact each redshirt player made this season if any and what his role may look like in 2023.
Next up is Jack Smith
High school: Saraland (Alabama)
The present: Aidan Swanson handled the punting duties this past season, so Smith mostly watched during his first season as a Tiger. Smith appeared in just one game and punted once.
The future: Swanson is set to return with two seasons of eligibility left, but how strong of a hold does he have on his job? Punting was an adventure at times going back to the preseason, and Swanson hovered around the 40 yards-per-punt average for most of the season before picking it up late, finishing with a 42-yard average. Smith has a big leg as evidenced by the 47 yards his lone punt of the season traveled against North Carolina in the ACC championship game. The competition between Swanson and Smith figures to be a heated one starting this spring as the Tigers try to improve on a net punting average that ranked 96th nationally.
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