Clemson defensive end Justin Mascoll is used to seeing players cry. Normally, it’s an opponent that he’s just sacked or to whom he’s applied a hard hit. However, Mascoll concedes that he might do some crying of his own on Saturday as the Tigers entertain North Carolina for “Senior Day.”
“I didn’t cry last year because I knew in the back of my mind that I was going to come back for a sixth year,” Mascoll told the media on Tuesday. “I’m going to tear up a little bit. It’s just a lot. It’s my last game in the Valley. It’s my last time being around the facility. I’m definitely going to be sad, but I’m going to be hopeful because I know that this university has so much success down the line.”
Mascoll and his defensive teammates are scheduled for a tough final exam at Memorial Stadium, with North Carolina coming in for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. The Tarheels are ranked third nationally in total offense and have the country’s second-leading rusher in sophomore Omarion Hampton. Not to mention the fourth-leading passer in quarterback, Drake Maye.
After a long career with the Tigers, Mascoll certainly appears ready for his final trip down the hill to face the Tarheels this weekend.