Dawson's Diary - the final edition

CLEMSON - Punter Dawson Zimmerman offers his final thoughts on spring practice, in a way that only he knows how.

Spring practice has finally come to a close.

No more panicked clock checking at 5 am to make sure a 6 am meeting isn't overslept.

No more frantically paced walks from class to car in order to ensure adequate time to prepare for practice.

No more nights where sleeping at the practice fields seems like a viable option because an all-In workout looms before dawn breaks.

Liberated from the clutches and extent to which football controlled my schedule, I now don't know what to do with myself. The overwhelming feeling that prevails is one of completion, at least for a little while until training officially begins again in the summer.

The Spring Game was a worthy way to complete the work we've been doing the entire spring. Because I only punted three times, I had the opportunity to watch most of the game. The thing that I observed the most, as has been the case the entire Spring Practice, is the level of competition that is occurring at each position.

As a player, when you see someone perform well, it makes you step up your game to rival their success. That's the nature of being competitive and the nature of competition. I watched that in the game with the quarterbacks, the kickers, and most other positions with jobs up for grabs.

Coach Swinney made a comment at the end of the game that I thought was true of our team; both the Orange and White teams competed with each other and each looked like it could compete on its own. This solidified that when the teams combine, we will only be better and more solid as a unit going forth to eventual domination of the ACC, the nation, and the world.

As I said, I don't know what to do with myself right now and all the extra time I have. To some extent I feel like Andy Dufresne after having escaped from Shawshank except I don't have Morgan Freeman narrating my life.

That would be incredible.

But what do I do now with all this newfound freedom? Common logic says I will have more time for academic pursuits…..yeahh…...no.

I'll have to channel this surplus of time into other endeavors. I know that Jon Richt used his time away from football to build a paper mache statue of Heath Ledger which is a worthy pursuit but not the way I would spend my time.

Anyway, I shall revel in the break from the grind of Clemson football, but I will be ready to return in the summer and rejoin the team in working hard to complete our goals of winning. I think that this season will be special, and I consider myself lucky to be a part of it.

(In my spare time I have already found a video of USC paying respects to last year's roasting which occurred courtesy of Clemson. The chicken funeral is a very forlorn occasion and I am saddened that this year they will have to go through it again.)

- Dawson

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