For most football programs around the country, a conference championship and a berth in a “New Year’s Six” bowl game are cause for celebration. At Clemson, that kind of resume is considered somewhat pedestrian.
“The fun is in the winning, and you learn from losing, and it sucks,” Tigers QB Cade Klubnik said on Monday night as Clemson began spring practice.
The Austin, Texas, native, who replaced former starter D.J. Uiagalelei during the ACC championship game, did everything he could to give the Tigers a chance in their 31-14 loss to Tennessee at the Orange Bowl in December. The freshman threw for 320 yards against the Vols, while adding 51 yards rushing and a score. Yet, when the dust settled, the 17-point loss provided quite a spark of motivation for Klubnik and his teammates.
“We’re not here to have just another year,” Klubnik opined to the media during his post-practice availability. “We’re here to win it all, and that’s the main goal here.”
The Clemson “Orange and White” game is scheduled for April 15th at Memorial Stadium.