Quick Hits with Thomas Hunter

CLEMSON - CUTigers.com caught up with tight end Thomas Hunter earlier this week after a breakout performance in last weekend's 52-7 win over North Carolina.

Last weekend, senior tight end Thomas Hunter, a former walk-on who is now on scholarship, caught two passes for 72 yards against North Carolina.

So far this season Hunter has caught four passes for 103 yards, including three catches for over 20 yards.

CUTigers.com caught up with Hunter earlier this week to get his thoughts on his 47-yard catch against the Heels and more in another edition of Quick Hits.

Thomas you had kind of a breakout performance against North Carolina last week with a couple of long catches. Just talk about your role in the passing game and stepping up with that 47-yard grab against the Tar Heels.
Hunter: Well you know it's nice to finally get the ball thrown to you a little bit. We've been really more in the game plan as blockers the last couple of weeks. It's always nice to catch the ball and be able to run with it.

It seemed like the dominant theme we heard about last week going into the North Carolina game was "no letdowns." What's been the mindset of the team this week during practice?
Hunter: Well it's the same thing every week. We don't want any letdowns against anybody that includes Louisiana Tech. We know we have to go out and try and execute like it's the biggest game of the year because that's really what it is. We look at the rest of the season as a single elimination tournament for us. Every week we have to play with the mindset that this is our last game.

When Rob Spence first came to Clemson there was a lot of talk about throwing to the tight end more and we saw some of that for the first time this season against North Carolina. Is that something you anticipate more of as the season goes along- throwing to the tight end?
Hunter: I definitely hope so. We have to take what the defense gives us. Sometimes the defense sets up to where we have to stay in and block more as opposed to catching balls and that's fine. Just like the Florida State game we were asked to make more blocks and that's just as fun as catching balls.

Obviously Louisiana Tech is not a team that has had a tremendous amount of success this year but they've been known to give teams problems in the past, even on the road. What are they going to do out there Saturday defensively that could give you problems?
Hunter: Well we have to play our game. We ought to be able to line up with one of the best offensive lines in the country and with three of the best backs in the country. Our offense- we use the running game to setup pretty much everything we do so we have to come out early and be able to run the ball and we'll be okay.

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