Faerber Hopes to Follow in Swinney's Footsteps

Coach Swinney has been responsible for a large number of the class of 2004, but one player you may not have heard about is Georgia standout Nelson Faerber.

The talented prospect hopes to have a successful career as a walk-on receiver similar to the career that Coach Swinney had as a walk-on for the Tide.

When asked why he decided to walk-on at Clemson, Faerber responded, "Basically it was Coach Swinney, and with the receivers graduating last year I saw an opportunity. Coach Swinney is a great guy. He went through the same thing I did. He walked on at Alabama. Coach Bowden also walked on when he went to college."

Although he had offers from several colleges, for Faerber it came down to the Dawgs or the Tigers. "I could have walked on at Georgia as well. Swinney was the difference."

Faerber did it all for Chattahoochee High last season. "As a junior I set the record for receiving touchdowns. Last season I caught 28 passes for over 400 yards. I also had 2 punt returns for touchdowns and 6 receiving touchdowns. On defense I had over 40 tackles."

Coach Swinney has built a good relationship with Nelson and he keeps in contact with close contact with the future Tiger receiver. "Actually Coach Swinney called today," stated Faerber.

The future Tiger will begin his Clemson experience later this month. "I will be going to the second summer session later in June. I want to get a leg up on fall practice."

Coach Swinney told the talented athlete that he would have a chance to compete for playing time next season. "This year he said there were several receivers coming in and at least one of us has to play. Whoever shows what they have before the first game will get a chance to play. He told me I will have just as good a chance as the other players."

Faerber already knows several current Tigers and future Tigers. "Charlie Whitehurst went to my high school. I have known Cullen Harper since I was 6. I use to play baseball with Cullen. I keep in touch with Tribble Reese and Cullen lives right down the street from me."

We will continue to keep you updated on this future Tiger, right up through the first day of practice in August.

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