An Indepth Look at Cole Chason

Cole Chason, a standout kicker out of the Greater Atlanta Christian School, will step onto campus this fall and immediately have a chance to become the starting punter for Clemson University. Chason boasts a career long of 52-yards as a placekicker, and averaged over 45 yards a punt as a senior. Does he have the leg strength to over power Wynn Kopp or Aaron Hunt?

Remember the strongest Clemson teams of the last 20 years?

They all had two things in common, a great defense, and an all-world placekicker. Names like David Treadwell, Chris Gardocki, and Nelson Welch all helped propell the Tigers to some of the biggest wins in Clemson history.

Fortunately for Head Coach Tommy Bowden, he has a kicker coming in 2003 that just might fit the bill again. P/PK Cole Chason, a big time talent out of the Greater Atlanta Christian School signed with the Tigers earlier this month, and he'll have the opportunity to come in and compete for a starting position right away.

Clemson was one of the first schools I saw," said Chason. "I went down there last February and met Coach Stockstill. I went to a few games, got an academic tour and liked the coaches. I am from a small school and I think Clemson is going to be a good fit."

Chason averaged 45.6 yards per punt his senior season and was six of nine on field goals attempts with a long of 52 yards.

"My ultimate goal is to win both the punting and kicking jobs. I will first get a shot at punting and kickoffs this fall. If I do not get it, I will most likely red-shirt."

Chason, 6-0 and 165 pounds, committed to Clemson over Michigan, Georgia, and Vanderbilt.

"Cole is an outstanding kicker and a great person. He was a crucial part of our football team, not only as a kicker but also as a leader, he will be an excellent kicker for Clemson." said GACS Head Football Coach Jimmy Chupp. "It will be really exciting to see him on TV this fall wearing Orange and playing at Death Valley."

Realistically, Chason will come to Clemson with a notch up on the competition, at least in terms of punting. He has a very powerful leg, and if he can average 45 yards per kick in high school, it seems logical that he can do similar things in college.

Wynn Kopp, who is more of a directional punter, struggled mightly with several of his kicks last season, and it proved to be costly in several games, most notably against Virginia. Consequently, Coach Bowden has already promised Chason a chance to start as a true freshman, and we fully expect him to do so.

Look for Aaron Hunt to retain the starting job at placekicker this fall, as Chason will need some time to adjust to kicking a football off the ground instead of a tee. However, it will be very likely that you will see him on the football field this fall either on kickoffs or as the starting punter.

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