Could the Clemson football suspensions that were announced earlier this week serve as an emotional booster for the Tigers against Notre Dame?
Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney announced earlier this week that three Tigers- Dexter Lawrence, Zach Giella and Braden Galloway- had failed drug tests.
Swinney said that it wasn’t as things might seem and that he had full confidence in the three guys that they hadn’t done anything intentionally. If Swinney is to be believed- and I haven’t found any reason to not believe him- you have to believe that this must be frustrating to the rest of the team.
He went on to say that all three guys thought it was a joke when they were called in and told they had failed that drug test.
It will be interesting to see how the rest of this story turns out, but I do think that this could serve as an emotional booster for the team against Notre Dame.
You know that, especially on the defensive line, the unit is going to play with heart to support Dexter Lawrence.
That group- Austin Bryant, Christian Wilkins, Lawrence and Clelin Ferrell along with several others- has grown up together. They’ve played together for the majority of their collegiate careers and they are brothers.
Part of the reason that Wilkins, Bryant and Ferrell made the decision to return to school for another year was to play with Lawrence for one more year.
If his appeal decision hasn’t come back yet and he has to sit out the game, I really believe that you’ll see that defensive line band together and try to play with much emotion for Lawrence.
It could end up being a booster for the Tigers as they look to create pressure in the backfield and make Ian Book uncomfortable.
In the end, I hope that the truth comes out. Whether that be in favor of Clemson or against the Tigers, the truth is what’s important here.