The Clemson Tigers are widely considered to the favorite to win the ACC title this season and there is a chance that they could compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff. That being said, it will all depend on whether the team lives up to the potential that they have on paper.
Mackensie Alexander is one of the key pieces to the 2015 Tigers football team and he made it clear that he sees himself as the nation’s top cornerback.
Not only does he think he’s the best in the nation, he doesn’t think that there is anyone close to his level. Take a look at what he said during an interview with the Worldwide Leader.
“In my opinion it’s not even close,” Alexander said, via ESPN.com. “I think every guy that talks about Mackensie knows I’m the best corner in college. It’s not even close. Look at my body of work, the things I’ve put on, the things I’ve done. It’s not even close. My numbers, you look at everybody else’s numbers. I don’t care who they are and what league they play in. if you can play, you can play.”
This is beginning to sound a bit like the Richard Sherman against Darrelle Revis debate.
Sherman was very open about his belief that he was better than Revis a few years back, and called attention to that fact himself. Alexander would be playing the role of Sherman in this situation, and it will simply bring more scrutiny to his 2015 season.
During the 2014 season with the Tigers, Alexander recorded 21 tackles, no interceptions and six defensed passes. It was obvious that he had star potential, but he was nowhere near being a star last year. Perhaps he has put in the time and work necessary to get to that level, but only time will tell.
There is no denying that Alexander has NFL potential, but talking like this and putting added pressure onto himself might not be the right way to show that.
Looking ahead at the 2015 season, it will be interesting to see how Vernon Hargreaves III responds to this comment. He has been widely viewed as the number one corner in college football by most, and this comment could add more to the fire underneath him. Alexander has his work cut out for him, but he is more than ready to take on the challenge.
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