Overview: In his third year as a starting defensive tackle...one of three Tigers on the Bronko Nagurski Watch List...the #8 defensive tackle prospect in the nation for the NFL draft by Lindy's... preseason first-team All-ACC by that publication...listed among the top five senior tackles for the 2011 NFL Draft by Mel Kiper of ESPN...also preseason first-team All-ACC by Phil Steele and Blue Ribbon...second-team preseason All-American and first-team All-ACC by Athlon...averaged a tackle every 7.77 plays in 2009, seventh-best on the team and fourth-best among returning players for 2010...fourth-team preseason All-American according to Phil Steele...winner of the Solid Rock Award for the defensive tackles as voted on by the Tiger coaching staff...started all 14 games last year and 26 of 27 over the last two years...has played in 37 of the 40 games over the last three years...improved his tackle total from 36 as a sophomore to 69 as a junior...has 113 total tackles and 22 career tackles for loss entering the 2010 season...has more tackles for loss than any other active Clemson player...has blocked a kick each of the last two years, an extra point against N.C. State in 2008, and a field goal against South Carolina in 2009...second-team sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com in 2008...ninth in ACC in tackles for loss in 2008 in league games, he had nine in the eight conference games...had a sack in his first career game against Florida State in 2007, a nationally televised Clemson victory on Labor Day night.
2009: Top tackler among Clemson's interior linemen with 69 stops...honorable mention All-ACC selection for 2009...Clemson's defensive player-of-the-week according to Tiger coaches in the game at Maryland...consistent player who had at least three tackles in 13 of the 14 games...fifth on the team in tackles overall, his 11 tackles for loss were tied for second on the team...had seven tackles in both games against Georgia Tech...had six stops against TCU, including a tackle for loss...had his best game statistically in the loss at Maryland where he had nine tackles, including three for loss and a sack...had strong game at N.C. State with six tackles, including three for loss...had eight tackles and two for loss in the win over Florida State...had four stops in the win over Miami.
2008: Ninth in the ACC in tackles for loss per game in league contests; he had nine in eight ACC games...had a team-tying-high 10 tackles for loss and two sacks...had 36 tackles (30 first hits)...10th on the team in tackles...had a season-high six tackles in 37 snaps against #18 Boston College...had five tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack against N.C. State...had five tackles and two tackles for loss apiece against Maryland and #21 Wake Forest...had two tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss at #24 Florida State...had four tackles and a sack against Duke and added three tackles at Virginia...blocked an extra-point attempt against N.C. State, the first by a Tiger since 1995.
2007: Had a sack in his first career game against #19 Florida State; he played just three snaps but had an impact...had two tackles in 23 snaps against Furman and two tackles in six snaps at Georgia Tech...played 13 snaps and had one tackle against Wake Forest.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide