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Sophomore linebacker who played sparingly on defense in 2013, but saw increased playing time as the team’s best backup linebacker in 2014 ... has 83 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions for 48 yards and a touchdown, six quarterback pressures, one pass breakup and two recovered fumbles in 399 snaps over 24 games (two starts) in his career.

2014: Had 58 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack, six quarterback pressures, one pass breakup, a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown and two recovered fumbles in 326 snaps over 13 games (two starts) ... had four tackles in 18 snaps at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30 ... had three tackles in 31 snaps against SC State on Sept. 6 ... had four tackles in 16 snaps against North Carolina on Sept. 27 ... had a team-high 12 tackles, a game-high three tackles for loss and one sack in 59 snaps against Louisville on Oct. 11; it was his first career start; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... had three tackles and a key pass breakup on the Eagles’ last drive of the game in 31 snaps at Boston College on Oct. 18 ... had three tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and a team-tying-high three quarterback pressures in 34 snaps at Wake Forest on Nov. 6 ... had seven tackles in 27 snaps at No. 23 Georgia Tech on Nov. 15; named team special teams player-of-the-game ... had a team-tying-high 10 tackles and one tackle for loss in 27 snaps against Georgia State on Nov. 22 ... had four tackles and a recovered fumble in 23 snaps against South Carolina on Nov. 29 ... had a team-tying-high six tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, a recovered fumble and a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown against No. 24 Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.

2013: All-ACC Academic selection ... ACC Academic Honor Roll member ... had 25 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one interception for one yard in 73 snaps over 11 games ... has seven special teams tackles, tied for second-most on the team ... had three tackles in 24 snaps against SC State on Sept. 7 ... had five tackles and a one-yard interception return in 15 snaps against Wake Forest on Sept. 28; named team special teams player-of-the-game ... had four tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 15 snaps at Virginia on Nov. 2 ... had two special teams tackles against Georgia Tech on Nov. 14 ... had nine tackles and one tackle for loss in 19 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 23 ... No. 18 linebacker signee in the nation in the preseason by Athlon.

Before Clemson: Rated as No. 78 player in the nation by ESPN ... No. 3 inside linebacker in the nation and No. 1 player in South Carolina by ESPN ... No. 1 player in South Carolina by Scout.com ... No. 8 inside linebacker in the nation and No. 2 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com ... No. 182 player in the nation, No. 8 inside linebacker in the nation and No. 3 player in South Carolina by 247Sports.com ... finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina ... made a big move with his performance in practice and during the Under Armour All-American game; was named game captain for his team; had three tackles for loss and an interception ... had 174 tackles and four tackles for loss as a senior at T.L. Hanna High School ... had 178 tackles and four sacks as a junior ... had 151 tackles 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and four interceptions as a sophomore ... had 89 tackles and five tackles for loss as a freshman ... had 592 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, six interceptions, 12 caused fumbles, three recovered fumbles and 10 pass breakups in his career as a four-year starter ... had 17 kickoff returns for 364 yards ... defensive MVP for the victorious South Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl; had a game-high nine tackles, 2.5 tackles for losses, one interception and a recovered fumble ... two-time all-state and all-region selection ... two-year captain and team defensive MVP ... all-state baseball player as a junior ... coached by Kenya Fouch at T.L. Hanna High School ... recruited by Chad Morris.

Personal: His brother, Garrett, was a catcher and outfielder at Clemson (2012-14) and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 16th round in 2014; was a career .295 hitter with 30 doubles, 12 homers and 82 RBIs in 150 games ... majoring in pre-business ... born Aug. 7, 1994.


*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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