Clemson will try to win at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night with a red-shirt freshman kicker, Chandler Cantazaro.
Clemson special teams coordinator Andre Powell says, “Tell him to wear his rubber underwear. So if he pees himself, it doesn't stain up his white dungarees.”
Catazaro, who attended Christ Church Episcopal school in South Carolina, converted his only attempt of the season, a 47-yarder against Presbyterian.
“Nothing else has fazed him,” Powell said. “I can't sit here and tell you he's going to go down there and nail them all. But the kid has done nothing to tell me that he'd get nervous.”
During Tuesday’s presser, Dabo Swinney talked about his eagerness to see how his team will respond to adversity this Saturday, something last year’s team excelled.
Swinney said, “How we respond to adversity…I mean listen, there’s going to be some adversity in Auburn on Saturday. We’ve yet to find that out on this group, so we’ll see. Last year, when things got tough, we came together, we got stronger.”
On the preparation this week, Swinney said, “It’s no different. If it is, you get beat. You have to have a formula that you believe it. That’s what we’ve done well, having a daily focus, not letting other things get caught up in your mind.”
“This Saturday, it ain’t gonna make or break our season, win or lose. (We still have) the ACC season and the other school in South Carolina to finish it up.”
“Our goal every week is to show people we are passionate about winning because that’s what the paw represents.”
"Gameday isn't there to see Clemson. Gameday is there to see Auburn. We have a great opportunity. We talk about 'Go earn it.' If we want Gameday to come here, we have to 'Go earn it.'"
Kick-off is set for 7:00 pm EST on ESPN.