For Clemson fans, it was a catch for the ages.
But for the greater share of college football enthusiasts, the last second grab by Hunter Renfrow allowing the Tigers to claim a national title also served as the final image for all to cling to until the boys of fall return.
With preparation for a new season nearing and kickoff mere months away, the former Socastee standout is serving as a cover boy for this year’s Street & Smith’s College Football preview magazine.
Editions with Renfrow’s likeness on the cover will be sold primarily in the Carolinas.
Despite spending much of last season sidelined by a hand injury, the former walk-on caught 44 passes for 495 yards and six touchdowns. A good portion of those came when the Tigers needed him most, 17 of those receptions coming in the team’s final three games – the ACC Championship, Fiesta Bowl and College Football Playoff national championship game – for 188 yards and three touchdowns.
Renfrow isn’t the only Palmetto State football product being featured on one of Street & Smith’s 16 college football preview magazines for the upcoming gridiron campaign.
Former Northwestern (Rock Hill) quarterback and current Oklahoma State football standout Mason Rudolph will share a cover with Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. Meanwhile, Dorman (Roebuck) product J.J. Arcega-Whiteside’s likeness as a Stanford receiver is part of a magazine previewing the season for schools in California and the Pac-12 Conference at large.