CLEMSON - Stanton Seckinger can't wait for the day he can reflect on catching the game-winning touchdowns to beat Georgia and Ohio State, bookending Clemson's memorable 2013 football season.
That day isn't today. He's too focused on turning the page from his sophomore year - a year which did include a costly game-opening fumble in the Florida State loss - and contributing even more as a fourth-year junior.
"Obviously, those are great memories," said the Porter-Gaud product of the winning TDs. "But hey, I have expectations that I'll have better memories in the future. You've just always got to be setting goals for yourself; you can't ever be content with what you've done."
Offensive coordinator Chad Morris expects more - much more - out of the Tigers' tight ends, who combined for just 43 catches, 487 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013. (Seckinger led the way with 21, 244 and four.)
"You hope that group really comes on this year. They really didn't create the performances they needed to have last year," Morris said. "To me, I thought their performance level was way off of where it needed to be.
"We caught more balls from running backs (48) than tight ends. That's never happened since I've been in the system. So we're really expecting those guys to create a little bit more mismatches and be a little bit more into the game-planning part of it."
The first game, this Saturday at Georgia, is extremely special to the Seckinger family. Seckinger's father, Stan, and Stan's brother each attended Georgia, and that whole side of the clan roots on the Bulldogs.
"Nephews and nieces and cousins, they're all Georgia fans," Stan Seckinger told the Post and Courier this weekend. "But it makes it a lot of fun."
How'd they feel about Seckinger making the winning grab last Aug. 31?
"They're pulling for the Bulldogs and pulling for Stanton," Stan said. "They were excited for him last year. It was bittersweet - they were disappointed Georgia lost, but certainly happy for Stanton."
Stanton's availability remains up in the air for the rematch; he suffered a sprained ankle the first week of fall camp, wore a boot for the next few weeks, and now is wearing a green no-contact jersey in practices. Head coach Dabo Swinney said last week he was hopeful Seckinger would be able to suit up, though an official report won't be released until Tuesday.
"He's really looking forward to playing against Georgia and playing in Sanford Stadium," Stan Seckinger said. "I know that he would be really disappointed if he didn't at least get an opportunity to give it a shot."
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