But surprisingly Jackson was beaten out by freshman Chandler Catanzaro in the preseason, with Catanzaro displaying an accuracy that Swinney proclaimed would make him "an All-American" if it carried over to the season.
Suffice it to say that it hasn't.
Catanzaro, who missed a 32-yard field goal in an overtime loss at Auburn, missed from 29 yards on Oct. 23 against Georgia Tech and misfired twice two weeks ago in a 16-10 loss at Boston College.
Catanzaro was replaced by Jackson for last week's game against N.C. State, and the senior promptly missed two field goals.
The fact that the Tigers have missed four consecutive field goals over the past two games is cause enough for concern, but more disconcerting is that none of the attempts have been from extraordinary distances.
Catanzaro's misses against Boston College came from 36 and 44 yards; Jackson's misses last week came from 32 and 37 yards. By game's end, Catanzaro had returned to boot the game-winning extra point against N.C. State.
But on Sunday, Swinney announced that he would re-open competition for the placekicking job, with a third candidate -- sophomore Spencer Benton -- added to the mix. Benton has handled kickoffs only for the Tigers the past two seasons.
"We'll let them all compete all week," Swinney said.
"These guys are talented," Swinney said. "But for whatever reason, it's not transferring over the game-day like we want right now. Hopefully they'll respond the way we want them to." (Roy Philpott)
"These guys are talented," Swinney said. "But for whatever reason, it's not transferring over the game-day like we want right now. Hopefully they'll respond the way we want them to."
THURSDAY NOTES: It'll be homecoming for several Clemson players Saturday as the Tigers' roster lists 11 players from the state of Florida. That includes five starters -- quarterback Kyle Parker (Jacksonville), running back Jamie Harper (Jacksonville), safety DeAndre McDaniell (Tallahassee), safety Rashard Hall (St. Augustine) and cornerback Xavier Brewer (Jacksonville).
* Defensive end Da'Quan Bowers continues to be the national leader in sacks, with 12.5, and tackles for loss, with 20. This week he was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive player. Earlier he was named a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive lineman.
* Clemson will attempt to continue its success in the month of November this week against Florida State. The Tigers are 8-2 in November under coach Dabo Swinney and since 2002 the Clemson program is 23-8 in the month, which is second in the ACC behind only Virginia Tech's 24-8 November mark.
SERIES HISTORY: Florida State leads Clemson 16-7 (last meeting, 2009, 40-24 Clemson).