January 06, 2015

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson punter Bradley Pinion is giving up his final season for the pros.

Pinion announced his intentions Tuesday.

Pinion had the fifth-best average in the Atlantic Coast Conference last fall at 42.6 yards per punt. He led the ACC and set a Clemson record with 28 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. He also had 36 touchbacks on 74 kickoffs this season.

Pinion had 102 touchbacks in 178 career kickoffs with the Tigers.

The 6-foot-6 Pinion, from Concord, North Carolina, said in a statement it was always his dream to play in the NFL and he believed the timing was right to turn professional.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says Pinion was a big reason for the team's success on special teams and wishes him well.

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