Twelve seniors will take the field at Memorial Stadium for the last time on Saturday, and the final time Tiger fans will see three key contributors in Death Valley.
The unquestioned leader among the seniors on defense is Dorian O’Daniel, who has taken a massive step forward in his career.
O’Daniel had to step into the shoes of the departed Ben Boulware, and has done more than an admirable job in his place.
The former High School running back from Olney, Maryland is Clemson’s leading tackler with 85 total tackles, and is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s best collegiate linebacker.
He believes the team’s underdog mentality has led the way to what they have accomplished so far this season.
It will be a sadder farewell for senior CB Marcus Edmond, who after being a key contributor for the Tigers in his junior year, has been plagued by injuries this year.
Edmond suffered a mid-foot sprain in the first quarter of Clemson’s second game against Auburn and has not seen the field since.
The man who provided the game-saving tackle against NC State last year among a flurry of other big plays tries to block the emotions of his final collegiate home game:
One of the players forced to pick up the load for what has been a depleted secondary is Ryan Carter, whose status this week is in question going through concussion protocol.
Carter has seemed like a man alone on an island, as he’s been one of five players to start and play in all ten Clemson games, and the only secondary player to start every game.
He believes that he’ll be able to play this week, but feels for his teammate Edmond, who he came into Clemson with.
Clemson and The Citadel meet in the Tigers’ Senior Day matchup at 12:20 on ACC Network.