Eric Mac Lain’s long red beard created a buzz at Orange Bowl media day.
The 315-pound Clemson guard has been growing the beard all season, and it’s now several inches long and, according to Mac Lain, the fullest facial hair in Thursday’s game.
What kind of look is he going for?
“Just the whole caveman, yeti, Grizzly Adams-type deal,” Mac Lain said. “It has paid off well with the attention of the media. Everyone loves beard questions. It has been a good little brand for me”
Mac Lain said his girlfriend hates the beard.
“She can’t wait until I cut it,” he said. “Luckily she lives in Greenville (S.C.). She’s doing grad school there, so she doesn’t have to see me every single day.”
Mac Lain plans to shave off the beard Jan. 12, the day after the national championship game.