Clemson football will undoubtedly miss the consistency, leadership and intelligence of Hunter Renfrow going forward the next few years.
Hunter Renfrow never really gets the credit he deserves for the things he did for Clemson football.
In many ways, the things Renfrow was able to do go unnoticed. He didn’t score a ton of touchdowns and he didn’t have a bunch of explosive highlight-level plays.
What Renfrow was able to do, though, may not have made the highlight reel. But, he made the plays needed for Clemson football to win games.
You’ve heard the phrase “3rd and Renfrow?”
Well, that in and of itself, was enough to make Renfrow a Hall-of-Famer in the history of Tiger football.
He didn’t always do it in a flashy way, but he got the job done. Can you think what happens to Clemson on offense if Renfrow isn’t there? What if the quarterbacks (from Deshaun Watson to Kelly Bryant to Trevor Lawrence) don’t have a safety blanket to throw to on third down?
What if Renfrow doesn’t make that play on 3rd down and 7? Well, the Tigers have to punt.
Instead of punting, though, Renfrow made the play to extend the drive. And, guess what. Just a few plays later, a guy like Travis Etienne, Wayne Gallman, Mike Williams, Jordan Leggett, Tee Higgins, Justyn Ross or many others throughout his career breaks off a big play for a touchdown.
It all doesn’t happen without Hunter Renfrow.
While his stats won’t ever blow anyone off of the page, Renfrow leaves Clemson as one of the best wide receivers to ever play. He continued to get better and his consistent hands were the difference between points and punts.
Clemson is going to miss Hunter Renfrow. There’s plenty of talent, but having a guy like him is just something you don’t find very often.