Dabo Swinney said two more players will be honored on Saturday when fourth-ranked Clemson takes on The Citadel in the Tigers’ home finale.
Swinney said defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and left guard Taylor Hearn asked him if they could participate on Senior Day, which will honor Clemson’s six scholarship seniors – Dorian O’Daniel, Maverick Morris, Marcus Edmond, Tyrone Crowder, D.J. Greenlee and Ryan Carter.
Walk-ons Christian Grooms, Connor Sekas, Kelby Bevelle, Kaleb Bevelle, Drew Costa and Jack Swinney will also be honored on Saturday.
Swinney said don’t read too much into Wilkins and Hearn asking to be honored, he says it has more to do with them graduating then giving an indication they are leaving school early to go pro.
“Neither one of them has made a decision on whether they’re coming back, but they’re both graduating in a couple of weeks,” Swinney said.
Clemson’s six seniors will mark the smallest senior class since 1944 when the school’s juniors and seniors were fighting in World War II. That fact makes it even more fitting that Saturday’s Game will also be Military Appreciation Day at Clemson.
This Saturday will mark the 24th year Clemson has hosted a Military Appreciation Day, the oldest and longest in the country.
The Tigers are 19-4 overall on Military Appreciation Day and have won nine straight overall.
“I’m excited about Military Appreciation Day,” Swinney said. “That’s always a truly special time. I don’t think anybody does it better.”