CLEMSON – Tyler Davis did not like his new nickname. "Baby Dex," Clemson coach and player had called him shortly after he arrived on campus, and the freshman disapproved. Not that he had any problems with Dexter Lawrence, the former defender of the Tiger against which he fought, but Davis was more interested in carving his own identity at Clemson.
Besides, Davis wondered, how exactly was the analogy?
"I do not think I and Dex look alike," Davis said smiling on Monday. "But I think many people see it."
The nickname, of course, was not just the product of physical appearance. The 6-2, 295-pound Davis was a 4-star recruit, according to 247sports.com, and the # 12 defensive device in the nation for the 2019 class. He launched Clemson's first two games of the season with seven tackles and one half a bag.
Lawrence was meanwhile selected by the New York Giants with the No. 17 in the NFL Draft in 2019. Davis is not there yet, but maybe the nickname is more appropriate than Davis – the first real freshman to start a season opener for Clemson since 1974 – originally recognized.
Lawrence has his own loveable nickname for Davis.
"He calls me his son," Davis said.
Simpson, Wallace earns weekly honors
For all the talk about Clemson's revised line of defense, the offensive line made by coach Robbie Caldwell was impressive early on.
The Tigers ran in their season-opening victory over Georgia Tech and last week over 121 yards against Texas A & M and a Clemson quarterback hit 411 yards fired only twice this season. John Simpson is one of the leaders of the group, and on Monday he was named one of the ACC's co-offensive linemen of the week.
Senior Simpson was not the only Clemson player to be recognized. Security K & # 39; was named Defensive Back of the Week of the conference after posting a team high of 10 tackles against the Aggies.
Travis Etienne receives high praise from Syracuse coach
Travis Etienne had a kind of off-game race on Saturday, recording only 53 yards with 16 runs. At receptions (four) and at the reception of shipyards (52), he scored record levels.
Etienne is still very involved in the Heisman Trophy talk, and Syracuse's coach Dino Babers praised the junior on Monday.
"He's an NFL player in college football," said Babers. If you think about him, you just want to smile and hope you have two or three like him.
"There's a reason why it did not usually work out well when you hit (Jim Brown.) He was a special, special guy, and Clemson has one. "
Carrier Dome sold for Clemson game
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A win on Saturday would mark Clemson's 18th win in a row and set a record for the longest winning streak in program history.
The Tigers have previously won 17 consecutive games in the last three games of the 2014 campaign and the first 14 in 2015.  Also, a victory would be Clemson's eighth straight victory in a row.
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