For Clemson linebacker Dorian O’Daniel, growing up in a Catholic school league of perennial powers in the Washington, DC area prepared him well for the Palmetto Bowl rivalry.
O’Daniel, a graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland had experience playing against constant good competition, including Good Counsel’s yearly rivalry game with DeMatha.
He spoke with Will Palaszczuk about their common WCAC heritage:
For an in-state player, this rivalry is ingrained from the early moments of your life.
For QB Kelly Bryant, he will become the first South Carolina native to start at quarterback since Woody Dantzler did so in 2001.
Success for those South Carolina natives starting for Clemson inside Williams-Brice Stadium has been hard to come by. Dantzler had the last Tiger victory for a South Carolina native quarterback in 1998, which ended a 21-year drought for SC natives. Steve Fuller’s 1977 victory in Columbia was the last Palmetto native victory to precede that.
Bryant said starting the game as a South Carolina native is not lost on him:
For Spartanburg native Tavien Feaster, growing up in Clemson country meant an early exposure to the rivalry.
When he wasn’t worried about facing his rival Dorman, he felt that one day he would take the field in the state’s most visible rivalry.
For Feaster, though, he won’t prepare any differently for this game than any other:
Clemson and USC meet at Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday night at 7:30 PM on ESPN.