Napier Discusses New Role

CLEMSON – When Tommy Bowden called Billy Napier and asked him if he was interested in becoming the new tight ends coach at Clemson, there was no hesitation even though it meant leaving his newly appointed offensive coordinator position at S.C. State.

"Anybody in this business will tell you it's a no-brainer," Napier said. "There are just so many more things that go into football at this level. … If you've got any substance about you, you want to go to the highest level and you want to play at the big table. It was a no-brainer."

At 26, Napier becomes one of the youngest assistant coaches in a BCS conference.

"I knew for a long time that this was what I was going to do," Napier said. "I didn't know that I would get to do it at this level so early, but I've really been blessed. …

"I've been in the right spot at the right time basically the whole way through."

Even though Napier was a quarterback at Furman, served as an offensive video graduate assistant coach at Clemson in 2003, and as an on-field graduate assistant that worked with the defense in 2004, he feels he understands that tight end position really well.

"I've been fortunate along the way to be around some really good offensive line coaches and had a pretty good grip on the passing game," he said. Technique wise, obviously I've got a little bit of work to do. … But I feel like I've got a pretty good grip with passing and running."

Napier was a quarterback at Furman, where was a two-time All-Southern Conference player. He broke the school's single season passing yardage record with 2,475 yards and the pass completion percentage record of .685. He was a finalist for the 2002 Walter Payton Award, which is given to the top offensive player in Division I-AA.

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