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Furman vs. Clemson: National spotlight isn’t just on the Tigers

Furman quarterback Harris Roberts and ESPN's Marty Smith got together on campus for an interview during game week. (Photo by Jeremy Fleming)

When the Furman football team opened its season at Clemson on Saturday the national media spotlight was on the No. 2 Tigers, who were the highest-ranked opponent in the 113-year history of the Paladin program.

Marty Smith interviewed Furman head coach Clay Hendrix as part of the Harris Roberts story.

But Furman senior quarterback Harris Roberts, who just happens to be a full-time Clemson student when he’s not playing football for the Paladins, gave Clemson coach Dabo Swinney’s team a run for its money in terms of pre-game publicity. And if you’re wondering how it’s possible for a student at one school to suit up for the opposition on game day, you’re no different than the national sports media.

ESPN’s Marty Smith was on campus earlier last week to interview Roberts for a story, and he was one of many to report on the unusual circumstance. You can read more at these media outlets:

ESPN

Sports Illustrated

USA Today

Associated Press

The New York Times

CBS Sports

NBC Sports

FOX News

ABC News

The Greenville News

Post and Courier

The Furman football players enjoyed the visit by the ESPN crew.
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