Walker realizes now is the time to be a leader

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior right tackle Landon WalkerLandon Walker
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takes his job as a team leader seriously, but might have his most difficult leadership job ahead of him this week.

Walker stood before the media in the postgame press conference area under N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium, and answered every question with patience. He said he will need that patience this week as the Tigers prepare for arch-rival South Carolina, and that he has had plenty of ups and downs in his Clemson career to draw from.

“The biggest thing is with me being a five-year player, I’ve seen this as much as anybody,” Walker said. “I’ve seen us be great and I’ve seen us be terrible. As coach Swinney says, ‘I’ve seen the penthouse and I’ve seen the garbage.’ I’ve seen them both. My experience will help. I think I can help this team understand what happened and why we did the things we did and what we have to do to get things back right. It’s going to take a lot of soul searching. A lot of guys are going to have to look in the mirror and fine-tune things, and if it’s them, correct it themselves. That’s something that we’re going to have to handle.”

Walker said the bus ride would be a quiet one, and he wants each player to look inside themselves for answers.

“There’s not a lot to be said tonight,” he said. “Tonight and tomorrow night is going to be the time for soul searching. I don’t think this is really a time for motivation or pep talks. We all understand what happened here tonight. We are all just as embarrassed as the next guy. It’s embarrassing to have to get on that bus and ride anywhere. There’s not going to be any kind of talking.”

The Tigers allowed 27 points in a critical second quarter, and Walker said this loss ranks as the worst he has ever experienced.

“This is the most embarrassing game that I’ve ever been a part of- high school, college, whatever,” he said. “When you lose to a team that could beat you, but you don’t think they will. I don’t think they are half as good of a football team as we are. With all due respect to N.C. State, we dropped the bomb. We did everything we could do to give them the game.”

The Tigers trailed 7-3 early in the second quarter when the Pack hit quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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, causing a fumble that was returned by N.C. State to the Tiger six-yard line, and Walker said the Tigers never recovered after that play.

“The biggest thing was the first turnover,” he said. “When that first turnover hit and they scored, we could never get momentum back. We were doing everything we could do. It just seemed like we got a sack here and a dropped ball there. It was unbelievable about how the momentum stayed on their side the entire game.”

Walker said the Tigers can find redemption in a win next week.

“When you beat South Carolina, it changes everything. The last two years we haven’t been able to. We have to try to win that game and get some momentum for the championship game.”

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Front Page Story: Walker realizes now is the time to be a leader
Leaders don't call the team that just
Baltimore Tiger®
How bout man up and hit somebody!***
He can start by throwing a block on somebody.***
Thinking of another team as "inferior" = how you lose games.
Have seen way too much talking from the OLine this year
Re: Have seen way too much talking from the OLine this year
Too late by about a week. And I agree with another poster,
Re: Too late by about a week. And I agree with another poster,
Re: Too late by about a week. And I agree with another poster,
The Pack was preseason 2nd, with a projected 10-2
Preseason projections mean ####.
My point was we should not have taken them lightly,
Re: Front Page Story: Walker realizes now is the time to be a leader
Yep. This line couldn't block a strong wind.***
That idea should've popped in his mind last spring.***
Is it just me or does anyone else want to throw up after
A little late in the year for a Senior to start leading***
Not trying to be hard on the kids, but can
Re: Not trying to be hard on the kids, but can
If there is a player on our Clemson Tiger team
NOW is the time to be a leader???
Re: NOW is the time to be a leader???
Try to win? “Do or do not... there is no try.”
NOW is the time to lead?***
We've heard this all year after every game, it's hasn't
G to G
Wake seems to be able to run the ball, and I can say in
WOW...only takes the last game in the regular season to

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