Dabo Swinney and the Tigers have a huge matchup this week as they travel to South Carolina for rivalry week.
Clemson center Will Putnam met with the media Monday and discussed the rivalry, what it means, and what it is like to play in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. A veteran on this team, Putnam remembers what the veterans before him told him to do when traveling to play the Gamecocks.
“Keep your helmet on, and that’s something that has stuck with me ever since,” Putnam said. “So any game at the end of the game, win or lose, I always keep my helmet on running off the field. They got their net, and people are still throwing stuff, trying to get through it.”
Putnam is very familiar with South Carolina, entering his 5th game against the Gamecocks. After winning four straight against them, he suffered his first loss in their 31-30 home defeat last season.
This time around, the Tigers are back in Williams-Brice, and they are looking for revenge.
“I like it. I think it’s a great environment. It’s probably the best road environment I think that I’ve played in – always loud, people are always there, people are always really nice greeting me on the bus ride over,” Putnam said, laughing.
“But yeah, it’s awesome, and I think that’s what makes college football so special and just those rivalries and stuff like that, people being really passionate about that stuff. So, it’s always exciting.”
Saturday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network as the Tigers will look for another big win.