Alabama? Clemson? Alums on Miami Dolphins sound off in support of alma mater

Dolphins CB Byron Maxwell believes his fellow Clemson Tigers will be celebrating come late Monday. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

Dolphins CB Byron Maxwell believes his fellow Clemson Tigers will be celebrating come late Monday. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

Byron Maxwell began by quoting Tony Lippett on Instagram, who had posted a motto of “no words, just action,” which Maxwell said applied to the topic at hand.

Except the topic was Clemson vs. Alabama, so Maxwell’s humility lasted about two seconds.

Maxwell went to Clemson, as did Dolphins teammate Andre Branch, and they’re staunchly backing their alma mater in Monday night’s college title game.

“We’re going to be national champs on Monday night,” Maxwell said. “There’s no doubt in my mind. Really, I don’t think it’s going to be close, though. That’s what you want to hear?”

It’s not what Kenyan Drake wants to hear. Drake went to Alabama, which means, naturally, he respectfully disagrees with both Maxwell and Branch. Drake wouldn’t pick a score but likes the Tide’s chances of another title — and perhaps another and another and … who knows how many?

“The only reason we lost my sophomore and junior years, people got too big for the program,” Drake said. “As long as they stay level-headed, they should be fine. Eventually they have to lose sometime, I guess. They can’t win every game, I don’t know.”

They won’t win this one, Branch said.

“Clemson’s going to win. That’s all I got for you,” Branch said. “We’re the better team, top to bottom, 100 percent, hand to toe.”

Drake played under Lane Kiffin, the former Alabama offensive coordinator and new FAU coach.

“Offensive guru,” Drake said. “He’s going to get the players he needs, and the players he has, he’s going to get the best out of them. Whoever they play against, they’re going to have a tough time stopping that offense because he can create plays with the best of them.”

Drake said he couldn’t comment on Kiffin’s abrupt exit from Alabama, which is why he won’t run the Tide’s offense in the title game, since he doesn’t know the particulars of how it went down between Kiffin and Nick Saban.

Drake did acknowledge that much of Kiffin’s success at FAU depends on how effective he is as a recruiter in South Florida.

“It’s right there in your back yard,” Drake said. “So you don’t have to go anywhere. If he can’t do that — I can’t say if he can’t do it here, he can’t do it anywhere because obviously FAU is not like a Top 10 program per se. But nah, I feel like he can definitely get them in a very competitive (position). I don’t know how necessarily far it’ll go. It remains to be seen.”

What doesn’t remain to be seen is what will happen Tuesday morning: trash talk.

“Win or lose, we’re going to talk,” Branch said.

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