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Overview: Co-starter at nose guard along with Brandon Thompson entering his senior year...reliable backup defensive tackle helped the Tigers to a top-25 ranking in total defense and scoring defense in 2008 and 2009...had 16 tackles in his first two years combined and had 28 as a junior...has played in 37 games over the last three years, he has missed just three...has played in 32 consecutive games entering 2010...has played in each of the last three bowl games, 23 snaps against Auburn in the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl, 18 against Nebraska in the 2008 Gator Bowl and 25 snaps as a starter against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl...that win over the Wildcats was his first career start...played 315 snaps in 2009 after playing combined 278 his first two years...did not red-shirt, he played right away in 2007...came to Clemson from Hargrave Military Academy, where he played in 2006...played at prep school with current Tiger teammate and All-American DeAndre McDaniel...named most improved defensive tackle for the spring practice of 2010...tied for eighth on the team in the bench press with a 405-pound lift...first on the team in the hang clean with a 370-pound figure.

2009: Showed great improvement after tallying 28 tackles in 14 games...averaged over 20 snaps per game...started at defensive tackle in the Music City Bowl and played 25 snaps, he had one tackle...involved in his first two sacks as a Tiger in 2009, he had half a sack against Florida State and a full sack the next week at N.C. State...had at least one tackle in 12 of the 14 games, he had a career-high six stops against Coastal Carolina...played career-high 43 plays against Middle Tennessee in the season opener...had three stops in the win over Virginia and the loss at South Carolina.

2008: Averaged 14 snaps per game and had eight tackles...had one tackle in 18 snaps against Nebraska in the Gator Bowl...had one tackle in eight different games...played 54 snaps in the first two games...played just 16 snaps in a four-game stretch at midseason, but played 71 snaps in the last five games, including 20 against South Carolina and 18 against Nebraska...one of the reasons Clemson's rushing defense improved during the second half of the season.

2007: Played 95 snaps with eight tackles in 10 games...saw most of his action during the second half of the season...played 76 snaps during the last five games of the season...played 23 snaps in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against #21 Auburn and had two tackles...registered three tackles in just 10 snaps against Central Michigan...played 17 snaps at Duke and 14 snaps against Wake Forest.

Before Clemson: Rated as the #26 weakside defensive end in the nation according to Rivals.com...#50 defensive end in the nation according to CollegeFootballNews.com...played at Hargrave (VA) Military Academy during the 2006 season after playing at Terry Sanford High School...attended the same high school as fellow Tiger Dwayne Allen...played for Head Coach Robert Prunty at Hargrave alongside fellow Tiger DeAndre McDaniel...recorded 49 tackles, three sacks, and two recovered fumbles at Hargrave Military Academy...recruited by Dabo Swinney...chose Clemson over Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wake Forest...born Oct. 26, 1988...majoring in political science.


*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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