That's why he's not all doom and gloom following the tough double-overtime loss at Boston College Saturday.
Saturday was a tough day for the senior Stuckey. He put up massive numbers – 11 catches for 124 yards – but he also committed one major gaff when he fumbled at the Eagles 6 and negating what would almost certainly have been a score, be it a touchdown or field goal.
That would have meant no overtime and a Tigers win. But the loss doesn't fall solely on his shoulders. That wasn't the only mistakes made by Clemson during the game.
"We have some things that we're going to work on; some turnovers and things," Stuckey said. "We had a chance to win there at the end both on offense and on defense, but things just didn't go our way."
But as is his personality, Stuckey is rather confident the team will respond from such a demoralizing defeat as it has done throughout his tenure with the Tigers.
However, he's also smart enough to understand it's not going to be easy.
"It's tough to lose any game with the aura we had around our team, but I think we'll be fine," he said. "It was just one game and one loss. But some things have to go right for us and happen to some other teams for us to get to the ACC Championship."
Stuckey believes the team is in a much better position to make some noise than it was last season. Talent wise, he thinks the Tigers are a better team, and he's probably right.
That's why he's counting on an improved performance Saturday at Florida State, where a win would put the Tigers right back in the hunt of a division and league title.
"It's a new year and we've put (the loss) behind us," he said. "We put ourselves in a better position to win this year than we did last year. We went 0-for-11 last year on third downs and we did a better job on third downs this year.
"But we left some plays out there that we didn't make and you just have to hope that next week we can make those plays."
Stuckey, Tigers Remain Positive
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