Dean Connects from 68!

There's little doubt that the Tigers' special teams will need to improve in 2003, and with Jad Dean likely handling kickoff duties this fall, improvement seems almost like a virtual lock. Dean talks about his preparation for college life, and the 68-yard field goal (off the ground) he drilled practicing with Aaron Hunt last week in this extensive report.

Incoming freshman and Greenwood native Jad Dean is gearing up for his year of college football, and by all accounts, everything appears to be on schedule.

"Things are going great," said Dean. "I have kicked with Aaron (Hunt) many times up at Clemson and I am adjusting to the ground very well."

Dean has connected on field goals from as far away as 70-yards during practice at Greenwood High School, but that was on a tee. His most recent effort from 68-yards out, was on the ground.

"We were messing around the other day and I hit one from 68 yards, so it is going good. I just like to kick with Aaron because we make each other better."

Dean won't arrive officially at Clemson until the second summer session, but he's been a mainstay in the area at various points during the year.

"It is great to know that the next school I will be attending is Clemson University, it is just a great feeling and I can't wait to get there and see how I can help out," added Dean.

Dean has yet to decide on a major, but he does have one goal in mind regarding his future. "Of course my goal is the NFL but I also wouldn't mind becoming a doctor like my dad, but I don't know yet."

Jad Dean signed with Clemson this past February after a stellar high school career at Greenwood. He connected on 9-of-12 field goals, with a long of 45 yards during his senior year and was then named to the South Carolina squad in Annual Shrine Bowl played in Rock Hill.

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