Jordan Leggett isn’t just another college football player. He’s one of the best at his position, a star tight end with the potential to be an All-American this season.
Leggett is on the Mackey Award Watch List once again – he was a finalist a year ago for the honor given to the best tight end in the nation – and he is destined to go down as one of the greatest in Clemson history.
They are signs of how far Leggett has come since his days as high school standout at Navarre, but if you ask the former Raider about life in a spotlight that now shines brightly upon him, he will tell you it hasn’t changed him.
“It’s exciting and it’s great to see all of my hard work pay off, but I’m staying humble,” Leggett said. “I can’t focus too much on the attention. I have to keep working hard.”
With his stock up, Leggett could have bolted for the NFL after a breakout junior season in which he led Tigers in receptions (40) and tied the school record for touchdowns in a season (eight), his final grab coming with 12 seconds remaining in the national championship game against Alabama.
He announced after the 45-40 loss to the Crimson Tide he was staying in school, in part because he is a semester away from graduation and also because he wants another shot at a title.
“Last year was definitely a learning experience,” Leggett said. “To go up against Alabama was a challenge but it was fun to be a part of the game. We want to get back there and win it this time.”
Getting in position to finish the job won’t be easy. Leggett will tell you as much. The defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions open the season at Auburn and face a late-season challenge in Tallahassee against Florida State.
Every team will give Clemson its best shot as the Tigers are now the hunted rather than the hunter.
“We know we have a target on our backs. We can’t look past anyone,” Leggett said.
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