Clemson has six scholarship seniors on its roster, and though those seniors have not officially suffered a loss to rival South Carolina, all of them were a part of the Clemson football program when the Gamecocks won their fifth straight game over the Tigers.
All six of them– Ryan Carter, Dorian O’Daniel, Tyrone Crowder, Maverick Morris, D.J. Greenlee and Marcus Edmond—were on the field that night in Columbia back in 2013 when South Carolina fans were sticking five fingers in their faces and saying things that can’t be repeated here.
At the time, they were all freshmen that were being redshirted. At the time, they were storing all of it away in their minds, using it as fuel for when they got their shot at the Gamecocks .
Now here they are four years later, and they have a three-game winning streak of their as they get set to go back to the scene of the crime next Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium … the place that originally fueled the Tigers’ win streak while making a promise they were going to do all they could not to have that feeling again after playing South Carolina.
With a win next Saturday, Clemson’s six scholarships seniors have an opportunity to become the first Clemson senior class since 2005 to win four straight over their most hated rival, and that is something head coach Dabo Swinney would love to see them accomplish.
“That would be great. That is one of our goals,” he said. “To see our guys achieve a goal like that for their whole career, that will be something that they will always cherish. I’ll be happy for those guys. Those guys have had awesome careers.”
In the senior class’ three wins over the Gamecocks, Clemson has outscored them 128-56 and have won all three games by a 24-point margin, including last year’s 56-7 victory in Death Valley. Now with a College Football Playoff spot on the line as well as bragging rights, Clemson’s senior class has one more opportunity to fulfill their promise to themselves.
“They want to finish on a strong note,” Swinney said. “We are going to do everything we can to put our best foot forward.”
Clemson and South Carolina will kickoff next Saturday in Columbia at 7:30 p.m.