|Hemingway’s next chapter: A Carolina Panthers homecoming|
|SC State alum seeks to earn job|
|Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:15 am|
|South Carolina State alumnus Temarrick Hemingway is looking to earn a job with the Carolina Panthers at tight end. Hemingway, who is in his third NFL season, previously played with the Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos, primarily on special teams.|
Temarrick Hemingway is home again in Carolina.
Among the new Panthers tight end’s first goals was signing a lease on a townhouse, which for Hemingway is establishing roots near his hometown of Loris, South Carolina. After three years in Los Angeles and Denver, Charlotte is close to familiar settings and people.
“It’s really a dream come true because I’ve been on the West Coast for years now,” Hemingway said. “Now my family has a better opportunity to come watch me play and it’s really close to home. I can go home pretty much any chance I get if I wanted to compared to being in L.A. where I could come home only once or twice a year. It’s really a family thing where I’ve been away from my family for two or three years now.”
Hemingway, who was signed by Carolina last week after he was released by Denver, played college ball at South Carolina State and a sixth-round draft pick of the Rams in 2016. He is part of a recent run of NFL-capable talent produced in Orangeburg, such as Steelers nose tackle Javon Hargrave and Colts linebacker Darius Leonard, last year’s Defensive Rookie of the Year and an All-Pro pick.
“It comes down to their recruitment,” said Hemingway, a two-sport standout at North Myrtle Beach High whose football jersey number – 35 – is retired. “South Carolina State did a really good job of digging deep into the state of South Carolina and finding talent that schools like [South Carolina] or Clemson didn’t find and helping them develop into NFL-caliber players. I have to give it up to them for their recruiting.”
To stick with Carolina, Hemingway will have to stand out on a roster stacked with eight tight ends, including incumbents Greg Olsen, second-year pro Ian Thomas and backup Chris Manhertz. The competition is stiff, so adaptability is key for Hemingway, who has primarily played special teams for the Rams and Broncos in 13 NFL games and has yet to catch a regular-season pass. He missed the 2017 season with a broken leg.
“I do a little of everything,” Hemingway said. “I show versatility. Early on in the draft, there were questions about my blocking skills, but I think I’ve come a long way with that. I’ve developed into a well-rounded player and I can do both aspects of the game. I can go downfield and catch the ball and come back and block power or block a stretch play. I’m pretty versatile when it comes to that aspect.”
A new opportunity beckons in Carolina, where Olsen has been limited by injuries the last two seasons and has been linked to potential retirement and a second career as a broadcaster. Hemingway’s goal is to earn a job and contribute.
“The bar I set is for myself,” he said. “I let everything else work itself out. All I can do is be me, come in and give full effort every day try to perfect my craft and let the rest handle itself.”
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