Maye emerges from foggy Maryland

CLEMSON - Brandon Maye was in on the first three tackles of last Saturday's 24-21 loss at Maryland before he sustained a concussion early in the first quarter.

While dropping back into man coverage, Maye's man dropped the pass just before he was hit in the back of the head.

"I remember us coming out in the third quarter and playing Clemson defense," he said. "That's what I remember—us playing with a lot of passion and a lot of heart."

Maye didn't remember the second quarter where the Tigers gave up 17 points. When he went back and looked at the film, it was apparent what went wrong.

"Guys were not doing their assignment. Everybody was trying to make that big play and weren't wrapping up on the tackles," he said. "It wasn't something they were doing. It was mainly on us."

It's little those little things that are among the reason that Clemson's three losses are by a combined 10 points.

Maye said Clemson's locker room is made up of the right kind of leaders to turn things around, starting with next week's Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division game against Wake Forest.

"You can use those losses as motivation to have a great finish," he said. "That's what we've got to do. We just have to keep working hard and do what the coaches ask."

Maye thinks the division race is wide open.

Maryland is first at 1-0, followed by Boston College (2-1), Wake Forest (1-1), Clemson (1-2), N.C. State (0-1) and Florida State (0-2).

Considering Clemson's slow start, he said it's going to turn around soon.

To start moving up the standings, Maye said the Tigers must figure out how to finish. There's nothing mental to having the fourth quarter lead in two of the three losses—just a matter of "getting the job done."

"We've got to finish guys off," he said. "We've got to win the fourth quarter."

Maye said he's aware of the negativity and criticism that's been floating around the program this week. Not one to read his own press clippings, check the message boards or listen to the talk radio shows, he doesn't care for much of it anyway, good or bad.

"For all the fans that believe in us, those are the ones that are going to stay in it with us," he said. "Those are the real fans." Top Stories