Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

September 11, 2018 at 9:04 pm.


–WR Tee Higgins has emerged as Clemson’s key playmaker in the passing game. Cut from the mold of former Clemson great Mike Williams, the 6-foot-4 Higgins had three receptions for 123 yards, including a highlight-reel 64-yard touchdown, last week at Texas A&M. Earlier this week he was named ACC Receiver of the Week — the first Tiger to receive that honor since Williams in 2016.

–RB Travis Etienne is averaging 5.6 yards per carry, so all he needs is more carries. Etienne has only 19 carries this season, but the Tigers’ game against Georgia Southern should afford him his most opportunities this season. “We definitely want to get him as many touches as possible,” co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott said.

–QB Kelly Bryant strengthened his grasp on the starting job with his performance against Texas A&M last week, guiding the Tigers on their final six possessions and coming up big with several crucial runs. He wound up completing 12 of 17 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown and leading Clemson in rushing with 54 yards and a touchdown. “I just stay the course and continue to grind,” Bryant said.

–LB Kendall Joseph, who was Clemson’s leading tackler last season, is off to a slow start this year, but look for him to boost his numbers against Georgia Southern and the Bulldogs’ run-happy offense. Joseph pondered turning pro last season, but has said he’s glad he decided to return for a final season. As his tackles continue to mount as he adjusts to the weakside linebacker position and the Tigers continue to win, he’ll be even happier.

SERIES HISTORY: This is the first-ever meeting between Clemson and Georgia Southern.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We could’ve played Mary Poppins, but we went to College Station (Texas) and played a team that had more 4- and 5-stars than us.” — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on his team playing at Texas A&M last week and prevailing 28-26.