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#96 Dawson Zimmerman
Position: Punter
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 205
Year: Senior
Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
High School: Brookwood
Major: English
Experience: 3 Letters
Had a 41.1-yard average (sixth in school history) on 192 punts along with 60 punts inside the 20, 24 punts of 50+ yards, and a 38.2-yard net average in 43 games (42 starts) in his career...served as the holder during most of the 2011 season...two-time Academic All-ACC selection.

2011: One of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award...one of 13 finalists for The Wuerffel Trophy...second-team All-ACC by Phil Steele...Honorable Mention All-ACC selection...had a 41.8-yard average on 65 punts along with 20 punts inside the 20, nine punts of 50+ yards, and a 38.4-yard net average...fourth in the ACC in punting average...had a 42.5-yard average on six punts, including two inside the 20, against Troy on Sept. 3...had a 41.5-yard average on four punts, including three inside the 20, against Wofford on Sept. 10; named team special teams player-of-the-game...had a 46.0-yard average on three punts against #19 Auburn on Sept. 17...had a 43-yard punt inside the 20 against #11 Florida State on Sept. 24 before leaving with a leg injury...had a 41.4-yard average on eight punts at #10 Virginia Tech on Oct. 1...had a 48.7-yard average on three punts and seven kickoffs against Boston College on Oct. 8...had a 43.3-yard average on four punts at Maryland on Oct. 15...had a 40.2-yard average on six punts, including three inside the 20, against North Carolina on Oct. 22...had a 38.3-yard average on three punts, including one inside the 20, at Georgia Tech on Oct. 29; named team special teams player-of-the-game...had a 45.7-yard average on seven punts at N.C. State on Nov. 19; named team special teams player-of-the-game...had a 41.6-yard average on five punts against #3 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 3; named team special teams player-of-the-game.

2010: Academic All-ACC selection...team Specialist-of-the-Year...had a 42.7-yard average on 60 punts along with 19 punts in side the 20, nine punts of 50+ yards, and a 40.6-yard net average in 13 games (13 starts)...only ACC punter to be named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award...second-team All-ACC by Phil Steele...his 40.6-yard net punting average was a big reason Clemson was 24th in the nation in net punting...third in the ACC in punting...his 40.6-yard net average was third-best in school history...a big reason Clemson allowed just 130 punt return yards...had two of the longest four punts in Clemson history; he had a 79-yarder against North Texas and a 76-yarder at Boston College...had an average of 46 yards or better in three of the first four games...team special teams player-of-the-game by the coaches against North Texas and N.C. State...had a 51.5-yard average on six punts against North Texas to earn ACC Specialist-of-the-Week honors; that performance included a 79-yard punt, the second-longest punt in Clemson history; his 51.5-yard average was fourth-best in Clemson history; it is the longest punt in a road game in school history; his 51.0-yard net average set a school record...had a 47.8-yard average against #16 Miami (FL), including a 47.7-yard net average...earned Most Improved Award among kickers for spring practice.

2009: Academic All-ACC selection...consistent player averaged 39.1 yards per punt in 2009...had 19 punts inside the 20-yard line, including two in the win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl...averaged at least 40 yards per punt against Middle Tennessee, Boston College, Miami (FL) and Florida State (all Clemson victories)...had a 46.3 net punting figure in the win over Miami (FL), so his performance was huge in terms of field position in that overtime victory over the #8 Hurricanes...seventh in the ACC in gross punting average...Clemson's special teams player-of-the-week by Tiger coaches for the TCU game when he averaged 39 yards per punt (five punts) and placed two inside the 20.

2008: First-year freshman who began the season as the starting punter; he had quite a challenge in that first game in that he was playing against #24 Alabama on national television in the Georgia Dome; but he played well with four punts for a 40.0-yard average...became the first freshman to punt for the Tigers in an opener since Cole Chason (2003)...had an ongoing battle with Jimmy Maners for the starting punting role all season...slated to be the starting punter against N.C. State, but he pulled a hamstring in pregame warmups...came off the bench to punt five times at #21 Wake Forest; he had a 38.4-yard average, two punts inside the 20, and one punt of 50+ yards; he had a season-best 38.4-yard net figure...started at punter against Georgia Tech and had three punts for a 36.7-yard average...appeared in three games; they took place in the first seven games of the season...did not play in the last five games of the season...had a 38.5-yard average for the year and a net of 36.3 yards...had a long punt of 54 yards along with two punts inside the 20 and two punts of 50+ yards.

Before Clemson: Rated as the #2 punter in the nation by Scout.com...#6 kicker in the nation by ESPN.com...helped Brookwood High School to three region championships and a state championship appearance...all-state punter by the Georgia Sportswriters...first-team all-state punter by Atlanta Journal-Constitution during his senior season...Gwinnett County Touchdown Club Specialist-of-the-Year...kicker in the "Rivalries of Gwinnett" All-Star game...had a 41.0-yard punting average during his junior season...booted a school-record 74-yard punt; the record was previously held by longtime NFL kicker Jason Elam...awarded second place in the 2007 Scout.com Kicking Expo...coached by Mark Crews...recruited by Ron West...chose Clemson over Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, and Wake Forest.

Personal: Named to Clemson's All-Academic Team in 2009-10; each sport has just one representative and it was Zimmerman for the football team...three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll...majoring in English...born Nov. 15, 1989.
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