Following the Clemson Football loss to Florida State, Seminole quarterback Jordan Travis said he felt disrespected by the Tigers. Travis suggested that disrespect fueled him during the game.
When I saw this headline, I immediately wondered what he was talking about. Did something happen during the game that I missed? Were there words exchanged at some point? Was he being harassed with incessant trash talk?
None of those things. Travis felt disrespected because Clemson decided to play man-to-man defense.
"“I feel like we were disrespected all day. When you play one-on-one against Johnny Wilson and Keon Coleman, I feel like you have no respect for either the receivers or the quarterback. I missed a lot of throws early on against one-on-ones, and I wish I could go back and complete them, but man, we stepped up when we needed to.”"
Travis did step up when it was needed. He hit Coleman for the game-winning touchdown. There are no questions about that. FSU won the game, and Travis made the play they needed. He deserves credit for that.
Disrespected though? Because an opponent chose a style of play that…well honestly…worked most of the game?
It wasn’t Florida State’s offense that got them into overtime. If it wasn’t for the defense getting a scoop and score, Travis never would have had the chance to throw that touchdown pass to Coleman.
Clemson Football played a common defensive strategy that was successful against Jordan Travis and the Florida State offense most of the game
It’s not uncommon to find sore losers in sports who have snarky things to say because they aren’t mature enough to handle their emotions. It’s rarer to find someone who won the game who talks about being disrespected simply because the opponent employed a certain type of defensive strategy.
Especially when that strategy worked most of the game. It kind of lends credence to why the opponent chose to use it in the first place. Travis admits he missed a lot of throws. Maybe Clemson knew him well enough to expect that? Maybe that’s why they played man-to-man? They were betting on Travis being Travis?
I have respected Travis as a player, but this was childish. Looking for sympathy by throwing a pity party after his team won the game. Poor Travis was disrespected, aww.
Congratulations to Travis on the victory, and the smallest violin in the world for his feeling disrespected.