Pearman all business

SUNSET, S.C. - Clemson tight ends/offensive tackles coach Danny Pearman is no-nonsense kind of guy.

Maybe it is because he comes from the Danny Ford era.

Maybe it's because he worked under Gene Stallings during Alabama's National Championship run in 1992.

Or his time under Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech.

Maybe that's just who Danny Pearman is.

Regardless, it doesn't take long to figure out Pearman brings a significant amount of intensity to the table once you sit down and talk with him.

Speaking with CUTigers at Dabo Swinney's annual golf tournament with the media last month, Pearman said he's well-aware of the expectations being placed on the shoulders of redshirt sophomore tight end Dwayne Allen, and he views it as his job to keep things in perspective with his star in-the-making.

"You got to keep him grounded and humble. With Dwayne sometimes you have to channel him because he does have so much energy, and he does want to get open and work hard," Pearman said.

"He's got to what's best for our team. But he's an explosive player. And by that, there is a good chance of him getting open and getting some balls thrown his away. What the number is I'm not interested in. I'm interested in the bottom line results- that's winning football games."

It's that kind of mentality that you love to hear in any football coach. The team-first, "we" instead of "me" thought-process that championship caliber programs seems to have year in and year out.

"What the number is I'm not interested in. I'm interested in the bottom line results- that's winning football games."

Pearman should know that very well, by the way.

In his playing career he won two ACC Championships during his time in Tigertown. He's also coached in two National Championship games, winning the ultimate prize in 1992 with Alabama.

But it's the way he shares his passion for the game, and his intensity, that seems to leave an impact on his players.

"I owe a lot to Coach Pearman," former Clemson tight end Michael Palmer told CUTigers recently. "Just in everything I did as a tight end, he taught me a lot about the basics of being able to get open and work off of defenders. Plus, he's just so intense. And he's like that in everything he does."

Pearman will officially begin year two of coaching Clemson's tackles and tight ends this season and a quick glance of the talent he's developed shows his players will be a focal point of the offense this year.

At tight end, he'll work with ultra-talented Allen as well as incoming freshman Vic Beasley, as well as Darrell Smith and Drew Traylor.

Those close to the program believe Allen could smash the records set by Palmer last year while Beasley is widely considered one of the top signees in the 2010 class.

Smith is a converted defensive end but has shown surprising promise in the short time he's been there.

"His head was swimming a bit during the spring but he can move," Pearman said. "I could see him being in that Chad Diehl-type of role by the time it's all said and done."

At tackle, he has Chris Hairston, the redshirt senior who was just voted as a first-team All-ACC preseason pick by the media the annual ACC Kickoff meetings held last week.


Danny Pearman won two ACC Championships during his time at Clemson (1986,87) and has coached in two National Championship games in his career. (Clemson University)
"Chris is a senior for us this year and should be a graduate for us in August so he'll be a leader for us. I expect him to approach camp with a mature, workman-like attitude so he can continue to grow.

"You know he needs to have a good senior year in order to be where he needs to be - from an individual standpoint and a team standpoint."

He'll also be working with veteran tackle Landon Walker, former walk-on Phillip Price and redshirt freshman Brandon Thomas. Thomas, a former four-star standout, had one of the best springs of any redshirt player currently on the team.

"Brandon had a solid spring for us but he was a high school tight end so he's really starting to develop into the position," he said. "But what I want to see is how much he has retained over the summer. How much can he execute? It will be interesting to see what he's capable of."

And then, of course, who could forget about Chad Diehl?

All he is one of the most devastating blockers at the point of attack on the team. The 6-2, 255 pound one-man wrecking crew will serve once again as Clemson's fullback this season.

While his reception totals and rushing yards won't dominate the stat sheet, he'll once again be paving the way for Clemson's backfield as a lead blocker.

But for Pearman, again, it all comes back to winning.

Winning championships that is.

"All these guys can go out there and get their number of touches, so be it. As long as we win at the end of day - that's what matters," he said.

"And that's what we are looking for."

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