When he looked back at Clemson’s loss to Alabama this past Monday in the Sugar Bowl, Dexter Lawrence was frustrated, but he was not disappointed. He knew he and his teammates fought the Crimson Tide as hard as they could and left it all out on the field in New Orleans.
“You saw there was no quit in the whole team,” he said. “That is kind of how we wanted it to go. We wanted to show our heart and our determination and that’s what the guys did. Unfortunately, it did not go our way. They had a little better game than us. That is just something you have to fight through.”
With the 2017 season now officially complete, Lawrence is already looking ahead to next season and how they can use what happened in the Alabama game as motivation to get back to the College Football Playoff.
“You have to put your head down this whole off-season and be motivated to get back here,” the defensive tackle said. “Finish the right way and bring a little bit more juice and heart to the game. This off-season, we have to put our head down and just grid. We have to know what we want from the beginning and just work for it.”
Lawrence said the 2017 season was a great season. Though it did not end the way they wanted it to, they still got a lot of things accomplished. They won their third straight ACC Championship and made it to the College Football Playoff for a third straight year as well.
“This is great. The seniors, I love the seniors. I played with them for two years,” he said. “I never met a whole group of guys that genuinely care about each other and not wanting to let each other down. We hold ourselves accountable for the little things, like going to class or calling somebody to make sure they get up for class. Just little things like that.
“You don’t get that everywhere. It was just great playing with these guys. I don’t think there will ever be anything like it. A lot of people did not expect us to be nowhere near close to being here … that shows the character of this team and the determination to just prove ourselves.”
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