Clemson football broke out their dancing shoes Saturday night after beating Wake Forest 37-13.
This has been quite the year for every person across the globe. But for Clemson football fans, we got a little bit of normalcy as the Tigers were able to take the field in Winston Salem.
No one had any idea what to expect from team 125. Spring practice was cut short, with no summer workouts, only a few fall camp practices, and then having to prepare with social distancing recommendations in mind.
What we found out is that Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney did a helluva job making sure that despite all that was out of their control, they were able to focus on their preparation and being the best version of themselves and it showed.
Clemson football is built differently from the top-down.
The entire Clemson football program deserves a ton of credit for getting this program to this point. You look around the ACC and see programs like Virginia Tech and Virginia looking for reasons to not play and not give their players a sense of normalcy and it should make us all appreciate what Clemson University President Dr. Jim Clements, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich and the entire football support staff did to make sure that players were able to get here.
There was a lot of great, good, bad and ugly from tonight that we will write about over the next few days, but the most important part of tonight was that the young men that represent our program and our university were able to see their hard work pay off tonight in a game that looked unlikely just a couple of months ago.
It was amazing to see Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne take the field for his last first game in a Clemson football uniform. It was great to see all the young new faces get an opportunity to play in their first college football games and it was fantastic that the Tigers were able to get their first win of the 2020 season.
While we have no idea what the future holds, no one can take tonight away from anyone that was able to enjoy tonight for what it was – our first major college football Saturday night.