Chase Brice introduced himself to the college football world this past weekend, leading Clemson on a 94-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon against Syracuse.
Brice heard from several people after helping to lead the Tigers to a come-from-behind victory, including former Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant.
“Yeah, he sent me a text congratulating me and all that. I saw him after the game and he was happy for me and he gave me a hug,” Brice said Monday. “We keep in touch.”
The fact that Bryant transferred from Clemson after losing his starting job to true freshman Trevor Lawrence has not changed the friendship Brice has with Bryant.
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Brice, who came in at quarterback for the Tigers Saturday after Lawrence went down with an injury in the second quarter, credited Bryant for helping him during his college career during his postgame press conference and again on Monday.
“When I was getting redshirted, he was always helping me understand concepts and little things like that. Taking time out to help me,” Brice said. “Our relationship has grown, we’ve become close friends off the field.”
Clemson has used a pair of regular season losses to get refocused each of the past two years, falling to Pittsburgh in 2016 and Syracuse last season on its way to reaching the College Football Playoff.
The 2018 version of Clemson is hoping it will not take a loss to get refocused this year. Instead, the Tigers believe last week’s close win will be enough to get back on track.
Clemson had to rally for a 27-23 victory after entering the game being favored by more than three touchdowns.
“Coach said it in the locker room after the game, we’ve had one of those learning lesson games the last two years,” co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said Monday. “We had to learn from a loss. Hopefully this year this is one of them we can learn from and be able to do it with a win.”
Junior receiver Diondre Overton did not play against the Orange in a move Scott called a “coaches’ decision.”
Overton entered Saturday’s game with four catches for 30 yards, including a pair of touchdowns. His two touchdown receptions are tied for second on the team.
“We played (Justyn) Ross more and played those starters a lot more just with the way the game was going,” Scott said.