Original walk-on and son of head coach Dabo Swinney … has been the team’s starting holder since his debut season in 2017 … entered 2021 having previously caught 28 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown in 424 offensive snaps over 56 career games … his 56 career games played entering 2021 were already tied for ninth-most in school history.
2021: Contributed on special teams vs. No. 5 Georgia … caught two passes for 11 yards vs. SC State … played in his 60th career game at NC State, jointly breaking the school record for games played alongside Will Spiers and James Skalski … shared team special teams player of the game honors with kicker B.T. Potter and snapper Jack Maddox vs. Boston College after Potter went 4-for-4 on field goals in the game.
2020: William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist … All-ACC Academic Team selection … caught seven passes for 29 yards and had a nine-yard punt return in 127 snaps over 12 games … caught a three-yard pass in games at Wake Forest and vs. The Citadel … added a reception vs. Virginia … caught two passes for 13 yards at Georgia Tech … shared special teams player of the game honors at No. 4 Notre Dame as the battery of he, long snapper Jack Maddox and kicker B.T. Potter helped produce 16 points on four field goals and four PATs … gained 10 yards on two receptions vs. Pitt.
2019: Recorded 12 catches for 94 yards in 146 offensive snaps over 15 games while also serving as the holder on placekicks in all contests … posted a four-yard reception and eight-yard punt return vs. Georgia Tech … caught two passes for 24 yards vs. Charlotte … gained four yards on a reception at Louisville … rushed for eight yards vs. Boston College … caught three passes for 11 yards vs. Wofford … gained 13 yards on two receptions at NC State … rushed once vs. Wake Forest … gained 38 yards on three receptions vs. No. 22 Virginia in the ACC Championship Game.
2018: Recorded seven catches for 30 yards and a touchdown in 111 snaps over 15 games while also serving as the holder in every contest … caught a six-yard pass vs. Furman and a seven-yard pass vs. Georgia Southern … caught a two passes for seven yards — one from Chase Brice and one from Hunter Renfrow — at Wake Forest … added another reception vs. No. 16 NC State … scored his first career touchdown on an eight-yard pass from Chase Brice vs. Louisville … caught a two-yard pass vs. No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.
2017: Had two receptions for 15 yards in 40 snaps over 14 games … had a reception at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16 … had a 15-yard reception and special teams tackle against The Citadel on Nov. 18; named team co-special teams player-of-the-game.
Before Clemson: Top receiver for Daniel High School in Clemson, where he had 48 catches for 603 yards and six scores in 2016 … led team in total receptions, yards and touchdowns … had at least two receptions in every game in 2016 … named all-region as a senior, he was team offensive MVP and one of the team captains … had strong early-season game against rival Seneca with six receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown … in win over Ninety Six, had career highs in receptions (7), yards (118) and touchdowns (2) … had longest reception of the year on a 53-yard scoring catch against Wren … had over 900 all-purpose yards including kick returns … as a junior had 33 receptions for 420 yards and five touchdowns … played four years of football, two years of basketball and four years of baseball … played wide receiver, cornerback and various positions on special teams, including holder, at Daniel High School … coached by Jeff Fruster.
Personal: Son of Tiger head coach Dabo Swinney; became the first son of a Clemson football head coach to play for the Tigers since 1963 (Jimmy Howard) … his brother, Drew, is also a member of the Clemson football team … earned degree in marketing in May 2021 … four-time ACC Honor Roll selection (2017-20) … born Aug. 19, 1998.
Proud Parents Dabo and Kathleen Swinney (and uncle Tracy!) have a message for Will Swinney, who scored his first career TD today. #ClemsonFamily is not just a phrase. pic.twitter.com/Pu8A6qYeMc— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) November 3, 2018
Proud Parents Dabo and Kathleen Swinney (and uncle Tracy!) have a message for Will Swinney, who scored his first career TD today. #ClemsonFamily is not just a phrase. pic.twitter.com/Pu8A6qYeMc
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) November 3, 2018