Top Punter Ready to Enroll

Future Clemson punter Dawson Zimmerman is working hard this spring so he can battle senior Jimmy Maners for early playing time this fall.

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"I have been working a lot with my kicking coach," Zimmerman told in a recent interview. "I am working to get ready to go when we start training camp at Clemson. I have been doing drills to get stronger.

"We aren't trying to add 20 to 25 pounds of muscle. Just trying to get overall stronger. I have been doing a little bit of the program the Clemson coaches sent me as well as working with my kicking coach. I am working to get stronger overall and more powerful with my kicks."

Zimmerman said his goals for his freshman year are simple- compete for playint time.

"I hope to be able to compete for the job of punting as well as kickoffs," he said. "It will come down to training camp and practices."

One of Dawson's future roommates is already on campus.

"I will be rooming with Dalton Freeman and Matt Sanders. I have talked to them a little bit. Jon [Richt] is already there. He is going to the first summer session," said Zimmerman.

What is Zimmerman looking forward to the most about getting his Clemson career started?

"Really I just am looking forward to the new experience. I am looking forward to living on my own. I am looking forward to the football part," replied Zimmerman.

The Georgia native is also excited about coming in with one of the nation's best recruiting classes.

"Our class is pretty dang good," he said. "It will be fun to be a part of that. It will be fun to be part of such a good team."

Some incoming freshmen are somewhat nervous to leave home for the first time, but not Dawson.

"I am excited," he said. "It will be a big change. I will definitely miss home, but I know I will enjoy myself at Clemson. I am more excited than afraid of being away from home."

Zimmerman was ranked as the No. 3 punter in the nation in the class of 2008 according to He broke Jason Elam's high school record with a 74-yard punt during his junior season. Top Stories