Clemson Football doesn’t take the stage at ACC Kickoff in Charlotte until Thursday, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t the topic of conversation.
Syracuse met with the press today and quarterback Garrett Shrader had strong words for the Tigers.
"“This year, I think it’s our year to take them down — hopefully. We have to be ready to play and take it one week at a time, and I’m excited.”"
Schrader transferred to Syracuse from Mississippi State following the 2020 season. He played high school football at Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Schrader was complimentary of head coach Dabo Swinney and his program as well.
"“The reputation that Coach (Dabo) Swinney has and that program that he’s built, you know, they’re obviously one of the best teams in the country typically, so keeping that in mind most of the time, Clemson is going to get everybody’s best. It’s hard to sustain that and continue to win games knowing everybody is going to give you their best punches every week. But besides that, I’m confident in the ability and the skill that we have of our players. We can play with anybody in the conference. There’s no doubt, I truly mean that.”"
Clemson Football has played several close games with Syracuse
Shrader should be confident. He has played well since he arrived at Syracuse. The Orange have played Clemson very close several times over the years, defeating the Tigers in 2017. Syracuse played well against Clemson in Schrader’s two starts against the program.
That said, bravado can often backfire, and it’s never a good idea to give bulletin board material to a program that already has won ten of the last eleven contests between the schools. It is doubtful the comment will not come to the attention of the Clemson players.
Syracuse will host Clemson in the JMA Wireless Dome on September 30th. The time and network have not been announced.