Monday, August 6, 2007
Let's Go Ahead And Jump On The Maners Bandwagon Before It's Too Late
Maners Fact: Only Tiger on the 2007 roster who has punted in a game. Fall 2007 Depth Chart Position: First-team punter
Overview: Named most improved on the field and in the weightroom among specialists by the Clemson coaches for the 2007 spring practice...won the starting punter job in the spring with a 48.2-yard average on five punts in the spring game ... solid in the classroom; he was named to ACC Academic Honor Roll for the 2006-07 academic year, as he was on the academic honor roll each semester... has been on the Dean's List or President's List every semester.
2006: Backup punter who had one punt, a 42-yarder against Temple; he was the only punter to appear in that game due to Clemson's proficiency on offense (63 points), so he was credited with a start ... only Tiger to start a game and not earn a letter.
2005: Backup punter who did not appear in a game ... walked on to the team in the spring.
Before Clemson: Lettered three times in football and two times in golf at Northwestern High School...played quarterback and punter under Head Coach Jimmy Wallace...all-area selection as a quarterback by Rock Hill Herald and all-region as a punter as a senior...averaged 42 yards per punt as both a junior and senior...two-time selection as Tri-County Coaches Association Specialist-of-the-Week during his career...his father Michael played football at Alabama and Presbyterian in the early 1980s...his brother Barrett lettered two times at Coastal Carolina ... born James Hampton Maners on Oct. 16, 1986 in Rock Hill, SC ... majoring in history.
****This kid was unbelievable on the flag football field playing quarterback 3 years ago! He was like a cat running around that you couldn't even come close to catching. Word on the street I heard was that Wofford recruited this kid to play quarterback coming out of high school. Either way, he averaged 48 yards per punt in the spring game this year and hopefully this fall he can pick up where he left off from that game and do a tremendous job for us.