After earning his stripes during Clemson’s national championship season, cornerback Marcus Edmond is primed to see an expanded role in his final year at Clemson.
Edmond was credited with a share of the defense’s 12th-man Award in 2016 after logging a career-high 323 snaps and making some big plays along the way.
Heading into the upcoming campaign, the fifth-year senior is listed as the starter at Clemson’s field cornerback position.
“I think I have a bigger role this year, seeing I’m a fifth-year,” Edmond said. “I made a couple strides last season, I earned it a little bit, but I still have to earn it of course. That’s what I’m doing here in fall camp.
“But yeah, I’m looking forward to a big season.”
Edmond had totaled only seven tackles across 63 snaps in his first three years at Clemson before finishing last season with 19 tackles, an interception and three pass breakups over 13 games, including three starts.
The native of Hopkins, S.C., made a name for himself by making two of the most memorable plays in the Tigers’ run to the national title.
Against No. 3 Louisville, Edmond had seven tackles, including the game-clinching stop on a Cardinal wideout 1 yard shy of the sticks on their final offensive play in the closing seconds. Two games later, he sealed an overtime win against N.C. State with an interception in the end zone on the Wolfpack’s final play.
While those plays were critical to Clemson’s first national championship in 35 years — and helped put Edmond in the position he is in today — he isn’t focused on the past.
“I had a couple of big plays last year, but it’s a new season this year,” he said. “I still have to make plays this year. Those plays last year are last year’s season.”
Edmond isn’t getting ahead of himself, either.
Asked if he is eyeing any individual goals such as first-team All-ACC, which safety Jadar Johnson earned as a senior last season, Edmond said he is simply taking things one day at a time.
“I don’t really think about it, I just worry about coming out here and grinding every day,” he said. “If I do that, then everything else will speak for itself.”
Edmond capitalized on his opportunities last season and set himself up for more success entering his last season as a Tiger.
Like his fellow Tigers, Edmond is putting last year behind him and buying into Clemson’s new mantra, “New Team, Same Dream.”
“Every year, it’s a new deal,” Edmond said. “We have to win those same games that we won last year. Last year’s games aren’t going to win this year’s games. Y’all probably hear that all the time, but that’s the truth.”
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