Seckinger adjusts to new position

CLEMSON - There was a time when Stanton Seckinger had a hard time buying into the notion that he could play tight end in college.



As a 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior at Charleston's Porter-Gaud, Seckinger was always "skeptical" about a potential collegiate future the position.

He signed with Clemson as a wide receiver, but was switched less than a year after his arrival to Tigertown. The coaches decided to start Seckinger's transformation before spring practice began earlier this year.

"Once they told me they were going to move me to tight end, they told me different reasons why they wanted me to do that," he said. "If that was the best thing for the team at that time, I was willing to do it."

The Clemson coaches started a similar process during the 2010 season when they moved Brandon Ford from wide receiver to tight end.

"He's an unreal athlete. He's, obviously, been able to make the transition very well," Seckinger said. "Since I've moved to tight end, he's helped me a lot, as far as coming along with the knowledge of the position, and really just the offense in general.

"He's almost been like a big brother to me, as far as that tight end group goes. Sam Cooper has also helped me out a lot, as well."

For Seckinger, who weighs in the 210-pound range, Ford serves as a nice example why the position switch is probably the right move.

"It's a good, positive view on making the switch and that the outcome could be pretty good," Seckinger said. "If I could ever get to his level, I'd be satisfied, because he's an unbelievable athlete."

Seckinger made his Clemson debut on Saturday in the 52-27 win over Ball State. He caught two passes for 27 yards.

"It's definitely nice to be able to play in a game like that, to get a little bit of playing time and experience," he said.

There was a time when critics thought Seckinger wasn't good enough to get the opportunity to play for Clemson. And he knew they were there, too.

"For the people I heard it from, it really just kind of drove me more," Seckinger said. "It was more of a -- kind of -- I just wanted to prove them wrong type of thing."

Either way, he's paid more attention to the people in his corner.

"On top of the people who doubted me, I had a great support group in my family and coaches in high school. They always encouraged me a lot," Seckinger said. "I had coaches who played at Georgia and Oklahoma, those kinds of things in high school.

"They reached this level, knew what it took and knew the talent level that is at this level. Being able to hear from them that they thought I could play at this level, it really pushed me and helped give me the confidence."

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