Clemson punter Bradley Pinion declares for NFL draft
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.