WATCH: Clemson players after 52-14 win over Georgia Tech


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Several Clemson players were available to the media following Thursday night's 52-14 win over Georgia Tech.

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On the tackle after the interception:

“I thought I had a quick throw to the outside and the corner made a good play. Right when I threw it, I thought, ‘this is going to be a pick.’ I just tried to make a play and give our defense a chance.”

On team’s response to the turnovers:

“We just responded to adversity. It’s always good to see, especially with a team like this. Some things didn’t go our way, but we went back and responded.”

On the running game:

“It was great. The offensive line did a great job, and obviously Travis did too. We had to run the ball more than we thought we would, but the offensive line and running backs did a great job.”

On his assessment of his performance:

“I felt like I played very well and played through the game scheme.”

On what it’s like to have a game in the books and to have film to review:

“[It’s] really good. I can look at the film and look at the things I did [badly] so I can fix them.”

On Clemson’s defense responding well when they were put in tough spots:

“The defense, they’re hungry. There’s been a lot of talk, and I think they fed into that and they’re going to keep getting better and better each week.”

On the game:

“It’s a great feeling, obviously. The first game of the season, to be able to come out and play like that, it’s an awesome feeling.”

On the interception:

“I saw the ball and then the quarterback. I looked the quarterback in the eyes, and he looked me in the eyes. I ducked my shoulder and gave him a little hit stick.”

On preparing for a new Georgia Tech offense:

“It was difficult at first, but Coach [Brent Venables] does such a good job of getting us prepared. He made it a lot easier for us.”

On the first game of the season:

“As long as camp is, all the guys can’t wait to hit somebody new because we just hit each other every day. It was nice to hit somebody you don’t know.”

On new faces on the team:

“I think we did very well. I think the expectation was that we weren’t going to be good at the linebacker and defensive line positions because of all of the experience that left, but I was really proud of the guys. I think we executed well, but of course there is a lot to learn from.”

On fourth-down stops:

“Fourth-down stops are a big deal. That is something that we really pride ourselves in. We talk all the time about winning in the trenches and that is where that all started. They were just running the ball downhill, downhill, downhill. Of course, [the trenches] was a new void that everybody was questioning but I was proud of the guys for what they did.”

On Trevor Lawrence’s tackle:

“Without him, we would not have had a chance [at the stop] so I really applaud him for that effort. There are a lot of quarterbacks out there that would have thrown a pick and just jogged over there, but he gave everything he could just to give us another chance and allowed us to get the stop.”

“Just the leadership that we have, the experience that we have on offense, the older guys. Just rallying around us and knowing [we have to] keep our composure throughout the game and knowing that it’s a four-quarter game and things are going to happen. It’s how you respond to those things.”

On if his fumble created motivation to get the ball back:

“Most definitely…. [I] hate when it happens because it’s all what you can control. You never want to fumble as a running back… Everyone was like “You owe me, you owe me,” so I was just trying to get it back for them.”

On his 90-yard touchdown run:

“It was a great play call from coach. Guys went out there and executed it well. Diondre Overton gave me a great block down the sideline and it was off to the races.”

On running into Jackson Carman:

“Yeah, I ran into Jackson, but it worked out for the better because Jackson got the corner right in front of him. He kind of just ran over the guy so it kind of worked out.”

On his mentality heading into the game:

“We’ve been starting since January. Coach Swinney preaches all the time that we are a different team and that we have to come in with a different mindset.”

On his first career touchdown reception:

“It felt great, especially after missing most of fall camp. The offensive line did a great job and Chase threw a great ball. We had been running the ball down the field and Coach Swinney, Coach Scott and Coach Elliott decided to take a shot. I knew that it was my opportunity and Coach Scott had been preaching all week that, when your opportunity comes, you have to make the most of it, and that is what I did. It felt great to be out there with my team.”

On first game as a Tiger:

“It was crazy playing on a Thursday night against an ACC team. Coach Swinney, the rest of the coaching staff and the older guys prepared me for the moment.”

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