Former South Carolina kicker calls out Dabo Swinney
Just about everything went right for Clemson against Florida State, as the Tigers rebounded from their near loss versus North Carolina two weeks ago.
Well, not everything was perfect — Clemson kicker B.T. Potter missed a 24-yard field goal, and Tigers coach Dabo Swinney let his kicker know about his mistake. Swinney absolutely chewed him out on the sidelines for the missed chip shot.
It was such a bad tongue-lashing, Swinney received criticism for it on Twitter. Former South Carolina kicker Elliott Fry even chimed in:
Really bold move to try and ruin your young kickers confidence in a cupcake game… https://t.co/Ylw7WSYgHp
— Elliott Fry (@elliott_fry22) October 12, 2019
The biggest takeaway from Fry’s tweet might be that he called Florida State a “cupcake” game for Clemson.
But it does sound like Fry, who kicked for South Carolina from 2013-16, making 75 percent of his field goals and all but one of his extra-point tries, can relate to Potter. Or maybe there’s just an unwritten kicker code that requires Fry to defend a rival’s kicker.
Swinney probably could have dealt with his kicker missing a short field goal a little differently, but clearly, he’s trying to get his entire team’s attention. It’s safe to say Clemson has its focus back after a near defeat against North Carolina. The Tigers knocked off the Seminoles, 45-14.