Describe your reaction to the news Pinion was turning pro after his junior season.
Teasdall: I was ready to see what I could do. There is some hype, some nerves and pressure, but I was ready for it. When I first joined this team, I was happy just being on the team. But I didn’t know if I could play at this level until about halfway through last season.
Did any of this affect your preparation for the Russell Athletic Bowl?
Teasdall: No, because I didn’t really know (he would be leaving). When we got to Orlando, I cut a family trip short and had to miss Christmas with them. That was pretty tough, but I kept doing what I was doing. I didn’t expect to play, because Oklahoma had such a strong tradition. But when they called my name, I made the most of it.
Looking back, was it a blessing in disguise to see action in the game?
Teasdall: Absolutely. Missing Christmas with my family was one of the toughest things I’ve had to do. I still consider myself a kid. I had to leave my cousins and their newborn baby. But it gave me momentum and confidence going into the spring. I’ve gained a lot of strength in the offseason. But mentally, it got me ready.
Were you recruited by any schools as a punter?
Teasdall: No. I was trying to play lacrosse. My dad played in college. I played football — receiver, safety and punter — but I was much better at lacrosse. I always wanted to go to an ACC school, but only four had lacrosse at the time. So I wasn’t recruited. I visited my brother, who was at Clemson when I was a freshman. I ended up trying out with the mentality that if it worked out, great. If not, I’d still love Clemson. I tried out for receiver and punter. But there were pretty good receivers here, so that didn’t work out. I made it for an extended tryout in the spring of 2013.
What are your strengths as a punter?
Teasdall: Bradley was 6-foot-6, 230 pounds. I’m 5-11, 185. But I think I’m mentally tough enough to be consistent. I may not hit a high, 60-yard ball like he did every time. But one thing I can take from him was his confidence. He knew he could make every punt a great one.
Did anyone on the team in particular take you under his wing?
Teasdall: Absolutely, Corbin Jenkins. He’s our holder. He shepherded me through the walk-on tryout. He really took me under his wing, and I really appreciate that.
When you’re not punting, what are your interests?
Teasdall: Just hanging out, watching sports. I’m a huge March Madness fan; that’s what I’ll be doing tonight. Nothing too crazy.
What are your plans academically?
Teasdall: I’m majoring in marketing and I’ll be graduating next May. Originally I thought I’d do something in sports, but I’ve figured out there’s more to it than just that aspect of marketing. We’ll see.