Second-ranked Clemson is coming off of another excellent victory on the road against then No. 12 Virginia Tech. It was the Tigers third win against a top 15 opponent in their first five games of the regular season, making them the first team in FBS history to defeat three top 15 opponents before the month of October.
The Tigers (5-0, 3-0 ACC) return to their home field this Saturday to face Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1 ACC) at noon.
Tight end Milan Richard is relieved to have come out of Clemson’s tough September schedule with so much success but he also knows each and every team presents a different set of challenges so it’s important to continue to take the season one week at a time.
“I think it’s great to have those games under our belt,” he said. “But like you said, (Wake Forest) is very much capable of beating us so it’s not like a period of relaxation. We still have to be on our game. But it’s definitely good to get those games under our belt and out of the way.”
Richard has been dependable this season and when he was asked if he has felt as if he has been much more integrated into the passing game this year he said he’s just focused on making plays.
“I wouldn’t say that it’s been on purpose or anything like that,” he said. “Just trying to make the play when the ball is in the air and coming to me.”
Richard feels like the Tigers are currently in an excellent spot. Mentally they feel fresh and energized and are continuing to treat every game the same as far as practice and preparation.
“I think we are great,” he said. “I think we understand that each week we have to come in and reload. Coach Swinney’s big thing now is that he wants us to sprint to the open date.”
Clemson’s open date is on Oct. 21, the week after their trip to Syracuse for a Friday night game.
“We need to play these two games as well as we can and then recharge a little bit for the second half of the season,” he said. “But mentally I think we are in a great place and I think we are ready to go play.”