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Has been a primary backup at defensive tackle and has also seen action as a fullback ... has the size and mobility to make a difference ... has 110 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 21 quarterback pressures and one pass breakup in 828 snaps over 38 games (four starts) in his career ... became the second Tiger to letter on top-25 football and baseball teams in one academic year (2012-13) since 1994-95 (Kyle Parker (2009-10) is the other).

2014: Had 27 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and 10 quarterback pressures in 250 snaps over 12 games (one start) ... had five tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 23 snaps at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30 ... had five tackles in 22 snaps at No. 1 Florida State on Sept. 20 ... had three tackles and two quarterback pressures in 23 snaps against Syracuse on Oct. 25; also played one snap on offense ... had three tackles, 0.5 sacks and a team-tying-high three quarterback pressures in 25 snaps at Wake Forest on Nov. 6; also played one snap on offense ... had three tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack in 22 snaps against South Carolina on Nov. 29 ... had two quarterback pressures in 21 snaps against No. 24 Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.

2013: Had 43 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks and eight quarterback pressures in 342 snaps over 13 games (three starts) ... played four snaps on offense ... had five tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 33 snaps against SC State on Sept. 7 ... had five tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 26 snaps against Wake Forest on Sept. 28; also played one snap on offense ... had four tackles and his first career sack in 29 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 5; also played one snap on offense ... had one tackle and two quarterback pressures in 28 snaps against Boston College on Oct. 12; also played one snap on offense ... had two tackles and one sack in 37 snaps against No. 5 Florida State on Oct. 19 ... had five tackles in 32 snaps at Maryland on Oct. 26; it was his first career start ... had four tackles, a team-high two tackles for loss and one sack in 24 snaps at Virginia on Nov. 2; also played one snap on offense ... had two tackles and a team-high three quarterback pressures in 33 snaps against Georgia Tech on Nov. 14 ... had five tackles in 21 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 23 ... had six tackles in 41 snaps at No. 9 South Carolina on Nov. 30.

2012: Had 40 tackles, three quarterback pressures and one pass breakup in 236 snaps over 13 games ... averaged one tackle every 5.9 snaps, one of the best figures on the team ... had two tackles in six snaps against No. 25 Auburn at Atlanta, Ga. on Sept. 1; it was his first career game ... had five tackles in 25 snaps against Ball State on Sept. 8 ... had five tackles in 13 snaps at Boston College on Sept. 29 ... had three tackles in 19 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 6 ... had seven tackles in 27 snaps against Virginia Tech on Oct. 20 ... had three tackles in 21 snaps at Wake Forest on Oct. 25 ... had three tackles and a pass breakup in 20 snaps at Duke on Nov. 3 ... had two tackles in 20 snaps against NC State on Nov. 17 ... had three tackles in seven snaps against No. 7 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.

Baseball (2013): First-baseman who was 0-for-3 with one run, two walks, one hit-by-pitch, a .500 on-base percentage, three putouts and one assist with no errors in seven games off the bench.

Before Clemson: Rated as the No. 19 offensive guard in the nation and No. 20 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com ... No. 20 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com ... No. 58 offensive guard in the nation and No. 27 player in North Carolina by ESPN ... No. 41 defensive lineman in the nation and No. 8 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep ... SuperPrep All-American ... had 50 tackles, seven tackles for loss and five sacks as a senior ... starting center on the basketball squad ... standout baseball player (righthander and DH) who has been clocked in the 90s ... all-conference in baseball as a sophomore, junior and senior ... all-region in baseball as a junior and senior ... team MVP in baseball as a junior and senior ... batted .529 as junior ... lettered four times in football, four times in baseball and four times in basketball ... coached by Damon Coiro at Grimsley High School ... recruited by Robbie Caldwell.

Personal: His mother, Felicia, played softball at North Carolina A&T from 1985-88 ... his uncle, Glenn Ford, played football at Tennessee from 1978-80 ... majoring in communication studies ... born July 1, 1994.


*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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