Tigers aiming for 'national champion' respect

Clemson football - defensive end Corey Crawford

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Clemson football - defensive end Corey Crawford

CLEMSON – National pundits have the Tigers as the ACC favorites and on the cusp of the national race with a consensus No. 8 preseason ranking.

Junior defensive end Corey Crawford is looking for a little more.

“This year we’re going to show everybody that we are national champion contenders,” Crawford said. “I think we should be getting the respect that we need and the respect for myself. I really don’t know if other teams respect me.

“This year is going to be the year to get that respect.”

Standing 6-5 270, Crawford has the look of an ideal pass rusher, and by all accounts, he has had the fall camp to earn said respect – lining up opposite Vic Beasley.

The Carver (Ga.) product started all 13 games last season, but the production was a mixed bag, posting a career-high eight tackles against Virginia Tech – and also five games with two or less with just one sack all year.

In Saturday’s scrimmage, Crawford doubled that sack number, and facing the home-state Bulldogs in a couple weeks, he has all the motivation and more to perform from the get-go.

“I really can’t wait for this first game,” said Crawford. “I’m really excited about it. It makes me more focused to see what (Georgia) is doing. When it’s my time and there’s a play our defense needs to stop, it makes me focused in more on those plays.”

Boyd says Tigers are close

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He’s confident the whole team will be in line as well come August 31.

“When everybody sits down to watch Clemson, they’ll see that Clemson is ready to play. They’re ready,” Crawford said.

Boyd not worried about controversies on Fan Day: Autographs, money (both for the player and NCAA’s profit) and what to do about it has dominated the conversation of late in college sports.

Locally, Tajh Boyd’s name and likeness has even been used improperly to sell products at couple of S.C. outlets – one, his picture altered slightly to sell beer at a convenience store, and secondly, a Charleston restaurant selling a menu item with his name on it.

Additionally, the cloud surrounding pay-for-autograph scandals has changed the way some schools are doing their respective fan appreciation days.

Boyd, at this point, isn’t sweating what happens to items with his name or face on it.

“You can’t control things that get sold and that’s the thing,” he said. “It’s not going to make me more cautious. It’s to the point now where you can sell anything. I heard about the whole the thing at the gas station selling Bud Light or there’s a Tajh Boyd (quesadilla) or something in Charleston. At the end of the day, it is what it is.”

In late July, teammate Darius Robinson joined the O’Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA after years of the organization’s profits off from players.

Boyd can wait.

“We play college football for a reason. We’ll get paid at some point after we get out of college football,” said Boyd. “We’ll get it in due time. Right now, I don’t really have any say-so in that.”

Boyd says he isn’t letting the controversies affect how he treats folks off the field.

“I’m just trying to enjoy everybody that comes,” he said. “If you take one person and have an attitude towards them, you have that attitude towards the whole group and that’s not in my nature or my character. So I treat one person just like anybody else.”

The Tigers will have Fan Appreciation Day at 2:30 PM on Sunday at Memorial Stadium. Admission is free.

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clemvol writes:

To get respect you earn it. It's in this team to go get it. Show no mercy to no team. Don't let up for one play. Don't feel sorry for no one. This team can be as mean and nasty as it wants to be. It comes down to choice and what you are willing to do to get that choice. Again, don't take your foot off the neck of your opponent. Just bring it.

radtiger writes:

To get respect....go to another conference, we will never get it as long as we are ACC, the only respect we get is from our Fans..to others, we are the "LAUGHING STOCK" of FOOTBALL. Athletically Challenged Conference is what ACC stands for

TrevorT writes:

Really a d*** is what rad stands for.

TrevorT writes:

You win games, you get respect. Anything else is short bus talk. The only people who think that their respect level is based on the conference they play in are fans of SEC schools who have never actually won a conference title. Those who know football know that winning is all that matters at the end of the day. Take care of business and respect is a given. GO TIGERS!

kellytown writes:

in response to radtiger:

To get respect....go to another conference, we will never get it as long as we are ACC, the only respect we get is from our Fans..to others, we are the "LAUGHING STOCK" of FOOTBALL. Athletically Challenged Conference is what ACC stands for

Who is laughing? If you think that changing conf. makes you a National Champion you are well lets just say you need to get your head out of your A$$!!! Look at the SEC its the same teams winning that have always been winning nothing changes. The thing is that all SEC fans ride the ban wagon about how many championships they have won, When in all reality Alabama could be independent all by its self and not have to carry the SEC. As they have been doing. I pull for CLEMSON. we don't take a backseat to no one.Our University and Campus along with our students and athletics are among the best in the Nation!!! Death Valley is one of the nicest stadiums in the Nation. And Thats a fact!!!

radtiger writes:

in response to kellytown:

Who is laughing? If you think that changing conf. makes you a National Champion you are well lets just say you need to get your head out of your A$$!!! Look at the SEC its the same teams winning that have always been winning nothing changes. The thing is that all SEC fans ride the ban wagon about how many championships they have won, When in all reality Alabama could be independent all by its self and not have to carry the SEC. As they have been doing. I pull for CLEMSON. we don't take a backseat to no one.Our University and Campus along with our students and athletics are among the best in the Nation!!! Death Valley is one of the nicest stadiums in the Nation. And Thats a fact!!!

Wow, nicest Stadium....BIG DEAL.....THATS NOT WHAT THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS COACHES or FANS care about.....FACT is check out the TOP 10 and see how many SEC schools are in it....and we wonder why we cant recruit any GOOD DEFENSE....Strong defensive players like strong defensive COMPETITION that cant be found in the ACC conference. Year after Year the coaches get the Fans pumped up with the National Championship BS.

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