Shipley: Clemson needs ‘sense of urgency’ against Fighting Irish


Will Shipley has proven time and time again that he’s an X-factor on Clemson’s offense this season. Despite some ups and downs on offense this season, the sophomore running back has been a rock pillar.

The North Carolina native comes into the game against Notre Dame on Saturday with 739 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns this season so far. Shipley explodes off the block and isn’t afraid to play physically, making him not only the Tigers’ leading running back, but also arguably one of, if not the most consistent players on offense.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back spoke to the media Tuesday about the Tigers feeling a sense of “urgency” ahead of this game. Shipley stressed that he and the team had been actively preparing for this moment and that it may be the historic location, but Shipley indicated that the Tigers have no intention of leaving that feeling behind. go away.

“It’s a really big deal,” he said. “It’s something we’ve been working on since January and to be able to have a really big game against Notre Dame at home, which I think I saw something (head) coach (Dabo) Swinney said was just a place you want to play in. It’s a place you want to compete in. So having this opportunity to create a full game, to do our thing, is something we’ve been planning for a long time.

“You mentioned the sense of urgency, I think what will help us is that we have that sense of urgency. You just applied this week because it’s Notre Dame, it’s a big vibe , it’s a big game. It’s just something we had, so we have to keep doing it. Know the game plan, know how to execute and just make plays.

In that statement, Shipley pointed to setting up a “full game,” something the Tigers have struggled with this season despite going 8-0. The running back believes it is up to the leadership of the team to speak up, communicate and become the voices that ultimately guide the team to a consistent four quarters of football on Saturday.

“It’s really up to the leaders for that,” he said. “It’s something we’ve struggled with, so thankful to be 8-0 down with those issues. But I think once we get a taste of it, it’ll be something like we wanted it to be again. We have to hitting that first time, that first full game of big football, attack, defense, special teams If we can get a little glimpse of it, I think we’ll become what we’re used to This football team hasn’t really tasted that in the last two years or a year and a half. As a leader, you have to keep everyone focused. You have to keep everyone in the game.

The Tigers will get another chance to taste that taste on Saturday in South Bend when they take on the Fighting Irish.

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