Clemson’s special teams tackle a Dabo Swinney era first

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In Clemson’s 41-10 victory over Georgia Tech on Monday, the Tigers defense wasn’t the only group that gave the Yellow Jackets trouble on the field.

Clemson’s special teams had a historic night, blocking two punts for the first time since back in 2007 when Nelson Faerber and La’Donte Harris recorded a pair against South Carolina.

The Tigers recorded their first successful blocked punt since 2015 in the second quarter. Safety Carson Donnelly came up with the big block which was returned by wide receiver Brannon Spector for 13 yards. Clemson’s second blocked punt of the night came later in the fourth quarter. True freshman Wade Woodaz came away with the second blocked punt, allowing linebacker LaVonta Bentley to recover the ball for 10 yards.

“It was just adrenaline… it was really cool,” Donnelly said. “We prepped for it, we schemed it up and then the moment, it just happened. It all happened so fast… I blocked it and looked up and the ball was there. Brannon [Spector] picked it up and I got to block for him, so it was a cool moment for sure and all the preparation that went into it.”

Both blocked punts were later cashed in for two of the Tiger’s five touchdowns on Monday and were a first for head coach Dabo Swinney at the helm of the Clemson program.


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Story originally appeared on Clemson Wire