All eyes were on Clemson punter Andy Teasdall during the ACC championship game. During the second quarter of the game, Clemson sent out its punting unit. Teasdall caught the snap and instead of punting decided to go for a fake punt. He ran the ball and was quickly tackled by the North Carolina defense. It set up great field position for the Tarheels.
It was a bad decision but what made it even worse for Teasdall was head coach Dabo Swinney’s reaction to his mistake. The normally positive coach, berated Teasdall on the sidelines. The game was on national television and ABC caught the incident as it happened.
It was a difficult moment for Teasdall who has otherwise been a solid player for the Tigers. There is much more to him than that one play. Get to know a little more about the Clemson punter.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Teasdall Became a Household Name After a Fake Punt Attempt
Everyone makes mistakes, but unfortunately for Teasdall, his mistake was caught on national television in Clemson’s biggest game of the season. Teasdall decided to go for a fake punt rather than the traditional punt that was called.
Swinney was irate after the play and let Teasdall know about it. He did not just stop after the play was over. North Carolina scored a touchdown after they received great field position and Swinney went back over to Teasdall to yell at him again.
2. He Was Originally a Walk-On but Received a Scholarship
Teasdall started as a walk-on at Clemson but was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2015 season. As you can see by the video, Swinney was in much better spirits than he was after Teasdall attempted the fake punt.
Swinney noted at the end of the video that the scholarship was only good for one calendar year. Hopefully, Teasdall’s fake punt blunder will not prevent him from receiving a scholarship for the following year.
3. Fans Lashed Out at Teasdall on Social Media
Teasdall has both a Twitter and Instagram account. He has his Instagram account set to private, but fans had strong opinions for him on Twitter. There was a mix of encouragement and people taking shots at him like the tweet above. Teasdall might want to avoid reading his mentions for a little while.
4. Teasdall Played Lacrosse in High School
Teasdall played football during high school, but his preferred sport was lacrosse. He has admitted he was better lacrosse than football. His dream was to play at an ACC school but there were not many schools that offered lacrosse.
He was not recruited for football or lacrosse. Teasdall played wide receiver, punter and safety in high school. After enrolling at Clemson, he decided to tryout for the football team at both punter and wide receiver. He did not stick at receiver but made the team as a punter.
5. He Played Great in the Russell Athletics Bowl
He was playing behind Bradley Pinion who is now the punter for the San Francisco 49ers. Clemson was up big in the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl and Teasdall’s number was called. He made the most of his opportunity with punts for 44 and 43 yards.
After Pinion declared for the NFL Draft, Teasdall became the starting punter. He will have another opportunity against Oklahoma, but this time the stakes are much higher in the College Football Playoff semifinal game.