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Overview: First-team Academic All-ACC in 2008 and 2009...established a single-season record for caused fumbles with five in 2009, he ranked third in the ACC both on a per game basis and in total caused fumbles...was 30th nationally in caused fumbles per game...finished 16th in the ACC in tackles per game, he was eighth going into the bowl game, but played just three snaps in that game due to an injury and did not have a tackle, so his average plummeted...CoSIDA Academic All-District selection for 2009, only Tiger to make that team...honorable mention All-ACC linebacker in 2009... had two caused fumbles against Virginia to tie a school mark for a game...has six caused fumbles and three recovered fumbles in two years, halfway to Jeff Davis's record for combined fumble involvement in a career...Davis had 10 caused and eight recovered from 1978-81...started 13 of the 14 games in 2009, and in 25 of the 26 he has played in over the last two years...missed one game in 2008 with the flu...has 190 tackles so far in his career, so he needs 10 to reach 200 at the start of the 2010 season...second among active Tigers in total tackles...will see work at middle and weakside linebacker spots this season...averaged a tackle every 7.34 snaps on defense, fifth-best on the team and second-best among returning players for 2010...third-team preseason All-ACC by Phil Steele...top tackler in the Spring Game with eight stops...first-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association in 2008...second-team choice by Sporting News and CollegeFootballNews.com...fourth on the 2008 team in tackles with 87, most by a Tiger freshman since Anthony Simmons had 150 in 1995...named to the 2009-10 ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2009: ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week for the season opener against Middle Tennessee when he had 14 tackles...also named the team's defensive MVP for that performance...had eight tackles at Georgia Tech in the regular season meeting and 13 in the ACC Championship game...had seven tackles at Miami, including his first sack of the year, in Clemson's win over the #8 Hurricanes...had 11 tackles in the win over N.C. State and 11 in the win over Virginia...had 44 tackles over the last four games prior to the bowl game...had team-best 103 tackles entering the Music City Bowl, but finished third on the team because he played just three snaps against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl due to injury...had at least four tackles in each of the first 13 games of the season.

2008: Started 12 games at linebacker...second in the ACC in recovered fumbles (3); he was first in recovered fumbles per game in ACC contests, as all three were in ACC games...tied for 25th in the ACC in tackles per game in the regular season, but was first among freshmen...11th in the nation in recovered fumbles per game...tied the Tiger record with two recovered fumbles against Georgia Tech...had a recovered fumble at Boston College...had 12 tackles against #24 Alabama; the 12 tackles were the most in school history by a freshman in his first game...defensive player-of-the-game by the coaches against S.C. State and Duke...had four double-figure-tackle games...had 11 stops against Maryland, a season-high 13 tackles at #21 Wake Forest, and 10 tackles against Duke...had nine tackles at Virginia...had a caused fumble against S.C. State...played at least 29 snaps in every game he has appeared in...had two sacks, one against S.C. State and one against Duke.


*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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