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Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) catches a pass against Furman in Clemson's season-opening win against the Paladins on Saturday, Sept. 1. Renfrow is among the Tigers who call the coast of South Carolina home, and who have family in areas that will be greatly impacted by Hurricane Florence this weekend.

CLEMSON — As the state of South Carolina prepares for visit and impact of Hurricane Florence this entire weekend and beyond, the Clemson Tigers football team has been looking for ways to help their players who have families in the greatly affected areas — which is nothing new for them.

“We talked about it yesterday. We went around the room, who could be impacted, and make sure they all know that we’re here to help and that there’s some things we can do when people have to be evacuated and so forth,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "We’ve got players that are impacted by it, and we’re going to do everything we can to help them and their families as people evacuate.

“We had it happen last year with Trayvon (Mullen). His family came up here and stayed. We were able to help them with that. So, we just made sure that they (the players) know the resources that are available to them and to communicate with us on what their needs are.”

One of the players the coaching staff is making sure understands the resources available to him is wide receiver Hunter Renfrow — who hails from Horry County and Socastee High School.

“That was interesting to hear,” Renfrow said. “I didn’t know that I guess they can pay for hotels or whatever to evacuate. That’s cool that they got that passed. I’m not sure when they did, but Trayvon Mullen last year, it worked for him.

"That’s just comforting to know that it can be in place and the school and NCAA can do things for us.”

However, as of Tuesday, Renfrow’s family had planned on staying put at their home in Myrtle Beach.

“They’re good,” Renfrow said. “I think they’re going to stay. I’m not sure.

"They’ll probably make a game-time decision. But they’re smart people, so they’ll figure it out.”

With his thoughts and prayers being with his family and with those in the path of the storm, Renfrow still has to prepare for a football game early Saturday against Georgia Southern.

Even though the storm is expected to bring torrential rains to the upstate later in the weekend and possibly into Monday, Renfrow is not concerned with the weather on Saturday, since it will be the same on both sidelines.

“Just looking at it, I’m not sure what the rain’s going to do,” Renfrow said. “It rained a lot this past weekend at A&M. It presents a little bit of a challenge as far as catching the ball, but not too much.

“It presents a little different challenge, and hopefully during practice this week we can emulate that, maybe do some wet-ball drills and that sort of thing. But, if it's raining, it will be raining on their sideline too.”

The Tigers will look to build on last week's 28-26 victory over Texas A&M through the rest of the season, as they look to make a march toward a fourth straight trip to the College Football Playoff.

“It’s big for early in the season; Texas A&M is a great team,” Renfrow said. “I think it’s really similar to that Auburn win two years ago, when we went down to Auburn, kind of that same atmosphere. Auburn had a good year that year I think they won the bowl game.

"I think it will pay dividends down the road. Just being in a close game in an environment like that, just know we are battle tested and know that we have been in those situations. We have proven that, not last year’s team, but this year’s team can go win those games."

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Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004. Now a resident of Orangeburg County, he reports on Clemson sports as a correspondent for The Times and Democrat. He also serves as a co-host of Solid Orange, seen at 11 p.m. Wednesdays on WACH FOX 57 in Columbia.


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