One of the top defensive tackle newcomers in the nation in 2015 ... sophomore had an immediate impact due to his size and athleticism in the middle ... one of Clemson’s most popular players ... preseason second-team All-ACC selection by Athlon and Lindy’s.
2015: First-team freshman All-American by CampusInsiders.com, Football Writers Association, Scout.com and Sporting News ... All-ACC Academic Team selection ... had 84 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 453 snaps over 15 games (one start) ... had 12 quarterback pressures and a caused fumble ... posted six tackles (one for loss) in his debut against Wofford ... his eight tackles included one behind the line of scrimmage against Appalachian State ... had 10 tackles at Louisville ... had five tackles, a sack and caused fumble in win over No. 6 Notre Dame ... had seven tackles and three pressures against Georgia Tech ... had seven tackles, including 0.5 for loss against Boston College ... had eight stops in win over Florida State ... notched second career sack against Wake Forest ... posted two stops and a pressure against North Carolina ... made a splash in the Capital One Orange Bowl by becoming Clemson’s first defensive lineman in history to catch a pass when he hauled in a 31-yard reception on a fake punt to give the Tigers a spark in the opening half ... finished with 10 tackles against the Sooners in just 35 snaps.
Before Clemson: No. 21 player and No. 4 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 1 player in Connecticut by Rivals.com ... No. 24 player and No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 1 player in Connecticut by 247Sports.com (seventh-best signee entering the ACC) ... No. 32 player and No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 1 player in Connecticut by ESPN ... No. 39 player and No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 2 player in Connecticut by Scout.com ... had 253 tackles, 69.5 tackles for loss, 28.5 sacks and six recovered fumbles in 35 career games ... had 71 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, eight sacks and four caused fumbles as a senior ... had 57 tackles and 20 tackles for loss as a junior ... had 12 receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore ... four-year letterman in basketball who averaged 19.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game as a junior ... recruited by Dan Brooks and Brent Venables ... coached by Andrew Gamere.
Personal: Majoring in communication studies ... born Dec. 20, 1995.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide