By Ashley Denny.
CLEMSON, SC- Defensive end, Malliciah Goodman is a player that Coach Dabo Swinney spoke of often throughout summer workouts comparing him to Clemson great Da’Quan Bowers, however Clemson fans have not seen his fantastic transformation yet this season. Until today.
In Saturday’s meeting versus the Golden Eagles of Boston College, Goodman had a career day of 6 tackles, 1 sack which caused a fumble recovered by the Tigers, and 3 tackles for a loss.
“I felt real comfortable out there,” Goodman said. “I just wanted to go out there and play my part and contribute to the team in whatever way I could.”
The Tigers held the Eagles to 258 total yards, only 126 on the ground which is their main offensive attack.
“Our big thing today was that we wanted to stop their run game,” Goodman said after the game. “We haven’t scored much on them, so I just went out there and played my part. This was a big win for us.”
After Boston College scored their second and last touchdown, Clemson’s defense seemed to just click and they became focused on not allowing the Eagles any more points.
“Our rule is to not let offenses score on us, so when Boston College did it kind of let us down,” Goodman said. “We had to step it up a little bit.”
Goodman whose sack on Boston College quarterback Chase Retting was a key play to the game, since it caused a fumble that was recovered by Clemson’s Tyler Shatley. What did Goodman see on that play that caused the sack?
“I just got a good get off, I got underneath my guy,” Goodman said. “Once I got free, I realized that they still had the ball so that’s when I got him.”
The main negative that came out of Clemson’s defeat of Boston College was a hip injury to Clemson’s star quarterback Tajh Boyd, which depleted the energy in Death Valley.
“We had to rally the guys after Tajh went down,” Goodman said. “We went up to the offense and told them we had their back and our second string quarterback is good so we just had to pick everyone else up.”
In Goodman’s mind, Clemson is 0-0 right now heading into the Maryland game next weekend.
“This win was great but we’re trying to not get big headed about our good start to the season,” Goodman said. “We’ve got to play one game at a time, and right now we’re 0-0 and need to focus on Maryland and try to keep this streak going.”
Clemson has always been known for letting down, and playing down to their opponent’s level instead of playing at their own. This is something Goodman and the rest of Clemson’s team has been hearing all year.
“We’ve been hearing that kind of stuff all year,” Goodman said. “But we’ve got to not listen to the outside stuff and we’ve got to be confident in what we can do.”
Although Clemson’s defense had yet another good game, Goodman knows that they need to continue to work on the little stuff in order to continue to improve the remainder of the season.
Goodman’s career high game didn’t go without notice however, Swinney called him out in his post game press conference saying that he had an excellent game .
“I thought Malliciah really took a step forward for us today,” Swinney said. “He’s one of those guys that continues to play well for us but today was one of his best outings.”