No. 16: Dawson Zimmerman

CUTigers.com is at No. 16 on the countdown of the top 25 players on Clemson's roster. Up next is a national award semifinalist.

16. P Dawson Zimmerman, Sr.
Three years into his Clemson career, Zimmerman is among the top 10 among punters in school history.

THE RESUME: Coming out of Brookwood High School in Lawrenceville, Ga., Zimmerman was rated the No. 2 punter by Scout.com in the class of 2008.

He averaged 38.5 yards on 12 punts as a freshman. Two went longer than 50 yards and two landed inside the 20 yard line. A year later, Zimmerman hit 55 punts for an average of 39.1 yards.

The former "practice field All-American" put himself into the conversation as an All-American candidate with a solid junior season.

Zimmerman's best season was a year ago when he averaged 42.7 yards per punt, with nine over 50 yards and 19 downed inside the 20. His net average of 40.6 was the best in school history since 1984 [Dale Hatcher]. Zimmerman, who was one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, finished third in the ACC in punting.

MOVING FORWARD: A punter at No. 16 on our list? That's the kind of impact Zimmerman can make on the field, even if he only steps onto it a few times a game.

The guy has two of the longest four punts in school history (79, 76). He's an all-conference candidate and a member of the Ray Guy preseason watch list. Zimmerman's good enough to make our list, too.


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