"We've got to get it together"

CLEMSON - Something's got to happen fast if the ship is going to be righted after another 2-3 start. Landon Walker said there's one way to kick start things.

Focus on winning one game.

That's the best place to get the ball rolling. And it has to start now.

"We need to figure it out, whether it's leadership, or whether it's putting people in the right positions. What we have to do, we need to figure it out quick," he said at the West End Zone, on Monday. "I feel like the thing we need to focus on, especially this week, is not look at it from a conference standpoint, winning the conference. We need to focus on winning a game.

"We've got Maryland this week. That's where we need to put all of our energy and focus on this week—Maryland, and not worrying about who we're playing next week."

The start a season ago was very similar—2-3 overall and 1-2 in conference. Clemson is now faced with turning things around at home against Maryland, the same team that handed the Tigers their third loss in 2009.

Walker said winning the division was never considered after the first five games last season.

"From my standpoint, I feel like we haven't done a good job at focusing on one team at a time. I'm not calling any individuals out, I just feel like, as a team, I feel like we need to be more focused on one opponent at a time," he said.

To Walker, the last three results have been the best indicators that a one-game at a time focus hasn't been there.

"As good as this conference is this year you've got to take it one game at a time. If not, you're going to end up 5-7," he said. "You're not going to like the way you look at the end of the season."

It's up to the veteran offensive line to lead that side of the ball over the next seven games. Walker said he, Chris Hairston, David Smith, and Mason Cloy are ready.

"When the veterans are on the offensive line, the coaches like that," Walker said. "I like it, because I know what we can do to help the team, and we've got the type of players to help change the atmosphere."

He also shrugged off the idea that Clemson needs to switch over to desperation mode for the remainder of the season.

"I hate for it to come to 2-3 and for us to say, ‘We've got to get it together.' Sometimes, that's what it takes. I think that this team has all the capabilities that last year's team had. I feel like if we can start rolling, and win one game, we can get that feeling, and know what it feels like to win again," Walker said.

"And maybe we can keep going."


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