For Trayvon Mullen, knowledge leads to championships


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Trayvon Mullen returns an interception for a touchdown in the spring game
Trayvon Mullen returns an interception for a touchdown in the spring game

CLEMSON- Knowledge leads to championships.

Junior cornerback Trayvon Mullen knows the core foundation of a team is the knowledge shared between the players.

Luckily for the next generation of Clemson football players, Mullen and other veterans have shared their knowledge and expressed the importance of knowing what you are doing, and how to do it.

Students of Mullen include freshmen defensive backs Mario Goodrich and Kyler McMichael.

“I mean I feel like they want to play. They can put a lot more into it to get better, and I feel like that’s where the older guys are going to come in at, like me, to help them, groom them up to where they can be their best and be ready for game day,” Mullen said about the two freshmen. “It’s different, you have to know what to do and how to do it to be able to play at a higher level. They have a lot more learning to do, so we are pushing them to get to that level.”

Mullen wasn’t always the big brother. There was a time not too long ago he was in their shoes, which he remembers well.

“It’s interesting, just thinking about when I was in their shoes, the older guys, and how I would look up to them, just watching them compete and go hard. Bringing it to the field to get better, it just helped my role even more now, trying to help them compete at a higher level. I know I can help them get better,” he said.

Mullen’s junior season is expected to put him in the NFL Draft conversation, but according to Mullen, that is not on his radar just yet.

“I mean I’m sure, right now that’s not really my focus,” Mullen said. “I’m just trying to get better at where I’m at, helping the young guys, compete, and do my best. I mean if that does happen then that’ll happen.”

One topic that came up after Monday’s practice was the wide receivers that have impressed Mullen, which appeared to be a pretty long list.

“All of them are pretty good, as far as impressing me, Amari Rodgers, Tee Higgins, he’s really stepped up into the role. I feel like he’s gotten a lot better from the spring and summer. Tee Higgins just grew and grew,” Mullen told TigerNet. “I love going against him because he helps me get better each and every day. I love going against Tee because we compete and get better. Diondre Overton, he’s getting better as well. Justyn Ross, he came in and is pretty good.”

Sophomore Tee Higgins seemed to stick with Mullen especially.

“Just playing faster, and knowing what to do, how to do it, just taking in what coach (Dabo) Swinney and what Coach (Jeff) Scott know and are teaching him,” Mullen said regarding what has been the driving force behind Higgins’ explosive off-season. “He’s playing at a much higher level to me; he’s getting better every day, consistently getting better.”

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