While many may be disappointed in how Clemson’s 2021 season played out, it would appear that some of the players are not quite as down on how things went.
No, there would be no seventh straight ACC Championship, nor a seventh consecutive appearance in the playoff, but it was still the most fun some of the upperclassmen have had.
Super senior linebacker, James Skalski, who spent most of the final game of his career coaching from the sidelines due to an injury, went on record with the media after the bowl win, citing 2021 as the most fun he’s had during his six year Clemson career.
“I’ve said it before,” Skalski said after the Tigers Cheez-It Bowl win. “I mean I’ve won natty’s here, College Football Playoff’s; this is the most fun and the most, just unique… it’s been my favorite year of all six of them. By far my favorite.”
The Tigers faced all kinds of adversity throughout the season. The kind this program has yet have to face during the current run, and according to Skalski, that’s what made it so satisfying.
“Just because all the challenges and all of the grit it took to get through it,” Skalski said. “And just seeing everyone want to make it happen, want to make it go. It was awesome.”
Senior offensive lineman Jordan McFadden echoed those sentiments in a Twitter post on Thursday.
“All year so many people counted us out and doubted us. This team never gave in or quit. I’m so grateful for my brothers and this program man. This is legit the most fun I’ve ever had playing the game and it’s all because of the bond I share with this team and coaches.”
“I love y’all boys so much,” he also added.
Clemson and Florida State have released depth charts ahead of this weekend’s matchup at Death Valley.
Clemson vs Florida Atlantic: Depth Charts
The ninth-ranked Tigers will travel to Duke to face off with the Blue Devils. Kickoff is set for 8 pm and the game will be televised by ESPN.