The biggest impact on 2020 Clemson football will come from one of its smallest members.
If Clemson football fans have learned anything over the last several years, it’s to not judge a book by its cover. For four years, the Tigers watched a small walk-on wide receiver come up big and dominate college football’s best defenses. Of course, we call him Hunter Renfrow but he taught the Clemson family many valuable lessons.
While Hunter has gone on to the NFL and is still having an impact as one of the smallest players within the Las Vegas Raiders organization, there is a guy suiting up for Clemson football in 2020 that will have the biggest impact in 2020.
At a listed 5-10 and 200 pounds, Amari Rodgers is not the most imposing figure to put on a Tiger uniform. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in heart and work ethic.
Both of those characteristics will be needed in 2020 if the Tigers are going to win their third national championship in the last five seasons. Sure, Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne, Tyler Davis, and Derion Kendrick will get all the publicity but Rodgers will be the glue that holds this team together.
Clemson football will rely on Amari’s leadership in 2020.
His senior leadership is going to be paramount given the recent loss of Justyn Ross and new receivers coach Tyler Grisham trying to establish his footing among college football’s best program. Having a senior that has played as many big games as Amari has will be big for an offense that is going to be young at a lot of places.
This past week Amari was named by the Louisville Sports Council as one of the 50 players to watch in college football for the Paul Hornung Award – which is presented to the player that excels at more than one position. As both a receiver and return man, Amari more than meets the qualifications and characteristics that this award represents.
During the first three years of his Clemson football career, Rodgers has amassed 104 catches for 1,124 yards and eight touchdowns. He has also had another 465 punt return yards and one touchdown on special teams.
We are taught from an early age not to judge a book by its cover and Amari Rodgers is tangible proof as to why we shouldn’t.