Had 171 knockdowns in a school-record 3,361 snaps over 53 games (49 starts) in his career ... tied for first in school history in starts and tied for fourth in games ... started each of the last 49 games at center ... two-time finalist for the Rimington Trophy ... two-time First-Team All-ACC selection (media), the first Tiger center to do that ... three-time Academic All-ACC selection ... four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member.
2012: Permanent team co-captain ... one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy ... one of 50 candidates for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award ... first-team All-American by AFCA ... second-team All-American by AP, Lindy’s, Phil Steele, Scout.com, and Walter Camp ... honorable mention All-American by SI.com and Sporting News ... First-Team All-ACC selection (media, coaches) ... first-team All-ACC by CBSSports.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, ESPN.com, and Phil Steele ... second-team Academic All-American by CoSIDA; he became the first Tiger Academic All-American since 2001 and the fourth Tiger in history to be named an All-American on the field and in the classroom in the same academic year ... first-team Academic All-District by CoSIDA ... Senior Bowl invitee ... had 28 knockdowns in 959 snaps over 13 games (13 starts) ... had a team-high five knockdowns in playing all 89 snaps against #25 Auburn at Atlanta, GA on Sept. 1; named ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week ... had two knockdowns in 36 snaps against Ball State on Sept. 8 ... had two knockdowns in 52 snaps against Furman on Sept. 15 ... had one knockdown in playing all 79 snaps at #4 Florida State on Sept. 22 ... had one knockdown in 75 snaps at Boston College on Sept. 29 ... had three knockdowns in playing all 93 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 6 ... had two knockdowns in playing all 67 snaps against Virginia Tech on Oct. 20; named team offensive player-of-the-game ... had two knockdowns in 80 snaps at Wake Forest on Oct. 25 ... had two knockdowns in 60 snaps at Duke on Nov. 3 ... had one knockdown in 71 snaps against Maryland on Nov. 10 ... had two knockdowns in playing all 102 snaps against N.C. State on Nov. 17; named ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week ... had two knockdowns in 52 snaps against #12 South Carolina on Nov. 24 ... had three knockdowns in playing all 103 snaps against #7 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 ... Lombardi Award Watch List member in the preseason ... Outland Trophy Watch List member in the preseason ... Rimington Trophy Watch List member in the preseason ... Senior Bowl Watch List member in the preseason ... preseason second-team All-American by Lindy’s ... #2 center in the nation in the preseason by Lindy’s ... preseason fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele ... preseason First-Team All-ACC ... preseason first-team All-ACC by Athlon, ESPN.com, Lindy’s, and Phil Steele.
2011: Honorable Mention All-American by SI.com...one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy...First-Team All-ACC selection...first-team All-ACC by ESPN.com and Phil Steele...had 41 knockdowns in a school-record 1,044 snaps over 14 games (14 starts)...second on the team in knockdowns...led or tied for the team lead among offensive linemen in snaps in every game...graded 91 percent in 64 snaps against Troy on Sept. 3...graded 84 percent in 71 snaps against Wofford on Sept. 10...had four knockdowns in playing all 94 snaps against #19 Auburn on Sept. 17...played all 86 snaps against #11 Florida State on Sept. 24...played all 68 snaps at #10 Virginia Tech on Oct. 1; named team offensive player-of-the-game...played all 82 snaps at Maryland on Oct. 15...graded 88 percent in 67 snaps against North Carolina on Oct. 22...graded 89 percent in playing all 67 snaps at Georgia Tech on Oct. 29...graded 88 percent with four knockdowns in playing all 90 snaps against Wake Forest on Nov. 12; named ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week...had six knockdowns in playing all 68 snaps at #13 South Carolina on Nov. 26...graded 91 percent with five knockdowns in 68 snaps against #3 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 3...had six knockdowns in 69 snaps against #22 West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.
2010: Academic All-ACC selection...had 58 knockdown blocks in 811 snaps, second-most on the team, in 13 games (13 starts)...allowed just two sacks all season...led or tied for the team lead in snaps among offensive linemen in eight different games...had an 80.6-percent average film grade, third-best on the team...led the team in knockdown blocks in six different games...led the team in knockdown blocks in four of the last seven games...graded in the 80s in 10 games, including each of the last seven games...had an 82-percent grade and four knockdowns against North Texas...had seven knockdowns and a 77-percent grade at #15 Auburn...had eight knockdowns and led the team in film grade (84 percent) at North Carolina...had six knockdowns and an 82-percent grade against Georgia Tech...led the team in film grade at Boston College (84) and Florida State (84)...had seven knockdowns and an 80-percent grade against #23 N.C. State...had an 80-percent grade and four knockdowns at Wake Forest in front of his father, who played for Wake Forest in the early 1980s...won the Strength Training Award among centers for the spring practice.
2009: Had 44 knockdowns...first freshman center to start for Clemson over the course of a season since 1943 (Ralph Jenkins)...first-team freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com...named offensive Co-Rookie-of-the-Year along with Kyle Parker by the Tiger coaching staff...Academic All-ACC selection...first-team Freshman All-ACC by Rivals.com...started the last nine games, his move to the starting lineup coincided with Clemson’s six-game winning streak at midseason...played 547 snaps in 13 games, with nine starts overall, all at center...Clemson averaged 32.5 points per game and nearly 400 yards per game when he started...had an 80-percent film grade in the win over #8 Miami, he had a season-high eight knockdown blocks in that game...also graded 80 percent in the win over N.C. State...played 25 snaps as a reserve against Middle Tennessee, then did not play against Georgia Tech in Atlanta...played 11 snaps against Boston College and 12 against TCU in limited roles...went into the starting lineup in a 38-3 win over Wake Forest and graded 79 percent...had big game in win over Miami as stated earlier, then had 79 percent grade in a win over Florida State...had season-best 85 percent grade in win over Virginia in the team’s final home game...had eight knockdown blocks against Georgia Tech in ACC Championship game when the Tigers had season-high 323 yards rushing...played 47 snaps in the win over Kentucky and his 80 percent grade had a lot to do with Clemson’s 180 rushing yards and the 21-13 win.
Before Clemson: Rated as the #13 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com...#16 offensive guard in the nation by ESPN.com...#9 prospect in South Carolina and #13 offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com...finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina...Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Offensive Lineman-of-the-Year...Shrine Bowl pick...recipient of the Wendy’s High School Heisman in South Carolina...#8 prospect in South Carolina by SuperPrep...#39 offensive lineman in the nation by SuperPrep...All-American at offensive tackle...three-time all-area, all-region, and all-state selection on offense...two-time all-area and all-region pick on defense...two-time region lineman-of-the-year...offensive lineman-of-the-year by High School Sports Report and South Carolina Football Coaches Association...winner of the Carolina Panthers Community Captain Award...graded 92 percent while recording 67 knockdowns and 37 pancake blocks during his senior season...tied for the team lead with 83 tackles along with 16 tackles for loss and six sacks...all-region in track as a junior...coached by his father, Ben Freeman...recruited by Brad Scott...chose Clemson over Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Penn State, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Personal: His father, Ben, played football at Wake Forest in the early 1980s...three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll...graduated on Dec. 22, 2011 with a degree in communication studies...born June 18, 1990.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide