Tuesday January 6th, 2015

Clemson punter Bradley Pinion announced Tuesday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL draft, according to TigerNet.com.

Pinion has been Clemson's starting punter for the last two seasons and also handled kickoffs. He averaged 42.6 yards per punt this season, which was fifth in the ACC, and led the conference with 28 punts inside the 20, a Clemson record. Seventeen of his punts went for 50 or more yards.

"I had a great experience the last three years and I will always be a Clemson Tiger," said Pinion. "I want to thank all the fans, my teammates, the football staff and especially Coach (Dabo) Swinney for giving me the opportunity. It has always been my dream to play in the NFL and I just feel the timing is right for me to turn professional."

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Pinion's net punting average in 2014 was 40.3 yards, after averaging 37.8 net yards as a sophomore.

In 178 career kickoffs, Pinion had 102 touchbacks. 

"I appreciate what Bradley did for the program the last three years," said Swinney. "He was a big reason for our success on special teams. We wish him the best as he enters his professional career."

Clemson finished the 2014 season 10-3 and won the Russell Athletic Bowl over Oklahoma.

- Molly Geary

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