Dream Come True for Pearman

CLEMSON - Returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach has been nothing short of a dream come true for Danny Pearman, Clemson's new tight ends/offensive tackles coach. CUTigers.com caught up with him after practice to get the latest on his transition from Maryland and his new role with the Tigers.

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How was the first day out there coaching today at Clemson?
Pearman: Like I told the players, just make sure y'all get me from field to field because I don't know where to go or where I'm going. (laughing) So they are coaching me.

What can you make of your personnel so far, if anything?
Pearman: Well it's the first day and we aren't even in pads so it's hard to judge. But they seem to be bright eyed kids who are eager to try to learn and they are excited about the opportunity to work hard and represent Clemson in the bowl game. That's what we are going to try and do first and foremost.

Has this been a dream of yours to return home here at Clemson?
Pearman: You know, it has been. In the back of your mind you always would kind of like to go back to where you played and hopefully make a contribution there where it was special to you at one time. So yeah, it has been.

Is it kind of like old times for you and Coach Harbison coming back?
Pearman: Yeah but we really don't have time to reminisce because we have work to do. I'm sure at some point we will sit down and tell stories but right now we've got business at hand and that's Nebraska in a Jan. 1 bowl game. We've got to get these kids prepared for the bowl game.

Is there anything you can translate to this team after coaching against it the last couple of years?
Pearman: Maybe as we sit down and prepare maybe so. But right now it's a matter of me trying to get these kids' names right and be on time to places. But as it gets more closer maybe I can help that way too.

How difficult is it to jump right in there and start working with all of these players you don't really know that well yet?
Pearman: Well you spend a lot of time learning the basics- learning who they are, where they are from, what year they are and what their interests are and that's the way you build relationships in anything. First and foremost you find out about them. Some of them I know through recruiting but they are a good group of kids and I'm looking forward to working with them.

Has a lot changed since you were last here?
Pearman: A lot has changed. It's kind of neat to see and it's for the good. Really excited about the West End Zone as we grow towards that. I think that's going to be a fantastic facility. It's kind of neat to see.

Is it strange to work for a guy you probably met first as a player?
Pearman: Not really. I mean, he's been the same guy as a player and then coaching along side of him at Alabama- he was the same there. I can only envision what he'll be like as a head coach. I bet he'll be similar there too.


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