CLEMSON -- Among the 55 reserves getting a chance to play in Clemson's rout of Presbyterian on Saturday was legendary Summerville High School coach John McKissick's grandson, Donny McElveen.
McElveen took the field in the fourth quarter as Clemson's third quarterback and threw his first career touchdown, a one-yard pass to Kasey Nobles. It was the redshirt freshman's only attempt of the game.
"It was great," McElveen said. "It's been a while, since high school."
In another Rudy-like moment, former walk-on Daniel Barnes scored his first touchdown, an 11-yard reception via shovel pass in the second quarter.
While McElveen and Barnes are not expected to be a part of Clemson's two-deep depth chart this season, redshirt freshman running back Roderick McDowell showed his strong summer might be for real by rushing for 86 yards on nine carries in relief of starting backs Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington, who combined for just six carries for 20 yards.
McDowell also scored his first career touchdown.
Another player who took advantage of extended time was reserve safety Jonathan Meeks, who made a leaping interception in the fourth quarter. Meeks arrived as a highly touted recruit last season, but is playing behind DeAndre McDaniel and Rashard Hall at safety.
It was difficult to get a read on the receiver situation as Clemson emptied its bench against Presbyterian. Xavier Dye, Marquan Jones and Jaron Brown were the first receivers in the game, but Clemson rotated receivers like it did against North Texas.
The most impressive plays again belonged to the younger wideouts.
DeAndre Hopkins displayed his leaping ability by grabbing a 9-yard Tajh Boyd pass for his first career touchdown. Brandon Clear had the highlight of the day, diving to haul in a pass near the sideline while keeping his feet in-bounds for a 29-yard catch.
The distance between Clemson and Presbyterian is a mere 66 miles, but Saturday marked the first game between the two programs since 1957. Clemson leads the series, 33-3-4. Presbyterian's last win came in 1943.
Clemson's four first-quarter touchdown drives all required two minutes or less. That makes eight scoring drives of less than two minutes in two games for Clemson.
Clemson reserve offensive tackle Phillip Price left Saturday's game with an ankle injury and did not return. After being converted from tight end last season, Price has made major strides at tackle and has become a valuable part of Clemson's offensive line rotation.
"He's walking," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "His ligaments look fine."
Footing the bill
Chandler Catanzaro connected on his first career field goal and showed plenty of leg strength from 47 yards out. Spencer Benton struggled with accuracy once again, missing an extra point. Richard Jackson worked as the No. 2 punter.