Old Man Hunter Renfrow's 10 best moments against the SEC
Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow faces an SEC opponent one more time, and that’s in Monday’s National Championship Game against Alabama.
If SEC fans feel like Renfrow, a fifth-year senior, has been a Tiger forever … well, even he thinks so, too.
The College Football Playoff final will be Renfrow’s 10th career game against an SEC team — almost a full season’s worth! — and he has had plenty of highlights in those games. The former walk-on from Myrtle Beach, S.C., has 4 career touchdown catches in three games against Alabama, tied for the most any receiver has had against the Crimson Tide in Nick Saban’s tenure. In his nine games against the SEC, Renfrow has 48 catches for 524 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Ahead of Clemson-Alabama IV, with all four Playoff meetings featuring Renfrow, here are his 10 best moments against SEC opposition.
10. First career pass, vs. Texas A&M, 2018
This would have been higher except, well, the pass was incomplete. The attempt was intended for then-starting quarterback Kelly Bryant. Renfrow, who played quarterback in an option offense at Socastee (S.C.) High School, went on to complete a pass (and punt) this season against Wake Forest.
9. 4-yard TD catch at South Carolina, 2017
Nothing spectacular, but it’s instructive that Renfrow finds a crease to make the catch even though A) South Carolina has two defenders right there, and B) quarterback Kelly Bryant pretty much stares him down the entire play as he rolls right. His second catch in this game is higher on this list.
8. 40-yard catch at Texas A&M, 2018
This came two plays before Renfrow’s pass attempt (see No. 10). This was his longest catch of the 2018 season and started the Tigers on their 75-yard drive for a touchdown and a 28-13 lead. They needed all of those points as they hung on to beat the Aggies 28-26.
7. 80 receiving yards vs. South Carolina, 2018
Would you believe Renfrow never has had a 100-yard receiving game in his college career? It’s true. This performance against the Gamecocks in a 56-35 victory was not his best vs. Clemson’s rival because he didn’t score, but it was his fifth career 80-yard receiving game. Three of those have come vs. SEC foes.
6. 24-yard TD vs. Alabama, Jan. 9, 2017
This play in the National Championship Game in Tampa drew the Tigers within 17-14 about halfway through the third quarter and gave Clemson’s offense a needed spark. Renfrow had a career-high 10 catches in this game; his most memorable one is listed below.
5. 61-yard TD at South Carolina, 2017
This was the second of Renfrow’s two scores on this day against Clemson’s in-state rival. The Tigers routed the Gamecocks 34-10 so his scores were not that significant to the outcome, but this was still his best game against South Carolina. This is also Renfrow’s longest career catch.
4. 16-yard TD at Auburn, 2016
This difficult catch turned out to be a pivotal play at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It gave Clemson a 19-6 lead and the visiting Tigers needed those points because the host Tigers scored a touchdown with 3:22 left to get back within six. Clemson hung on to win 19-13.
3. 11-yard TD vs. Alabama, Jan. 11, 2016
This was the second of his 2 TD catches from Deshaun Watson in this game, marking the first multiple-score game in Renfrow’s freshman season. It also gave the Tigers a 14-7 lead early in Alabama-Clemson I, which the Crimson Tide won 45-40. Renfrow’s 7 catches were the most in the game and a season high.
2. 9 catches vs. Auburn, 2017
He didn’t have any touchdowns, but his game-high 9 catches for 62 yards were crucial in a tight 14-6 victory over the other Tigers. Renfrow had 3 catches for 22 yards on Clemson’s go-ahead TD drive and another catch on the other scoring drive.
1. 2-yard TD vs. Alabama, Jan. 9, 2017
On Renfrow’s bio page at Clemson football’s official website, this play scrolls in a loop at the top — two years after it happened. Can you really blame the Tigers? This reception from Deshaun Watson with 2 seconds left in Tampa gave the Tigers a 35-31 victory and their first national championship since 1981. Sometimes No. 1 really is obvious.