Sophomore enrolled in January 2015 ... first true freshman to start his first game on the offensive line since James Farr in 1980 ... first first-year freshman to start the opener since 1944 (Phil Prince) ... started all 15 games at left tackle, logging the most snaps in Clemson history by a true freshman offensive lineman ... preseason second-team All-American by Athlon ... nation’s No. 7 offensive tackle in preseason by Lindy’s.
2015: First-team freshman All-American by Sporting News and USA Today ... Third-team All-ACC (media, coaches) ... second on the team with 37 knockdown blocks in 15 starts (1,049 snaps) ... had three or more knockdowns in seven games ... graded 92 percent in his first career game against Wofford ... posted three knockdowns and an 85 percent mark in the win over Appalachian State ... graded 87 percent and took part in every snap of the road win at Louisville ... added three knockdowns versus the Cards ... played all 65 snaps in win over Notre Dame, while grading 86 percent ... named co-offensive player-of-the-game by the coaches ... logged 54 snaps with three knockdowns against Georgia Tech ... graded 85 percent with two knockdowns in 66 snaps in win over Boston College ... team-best 91 percent grade at Miami in 53 snaps ... had three knockdowns and was a big reason the Tigers rushed for 416 yards versus the ‘Canes ... helped Clemson to 623 yards of total offense at NC State and graded 90 percent against the Wolfpack ... earned 93 percent mark on film in playing every snap against Florida State, while earning ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for the first time ... first first-year freshman to earn ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week honors in school history ... posted team high 90 percent grade and three knockdowns against Wake Forest ... played 62 snaps and graded 91 percent at South Carolina ... graded 88 percent in the Capital One Orange Bowl, where he collected four knockdown blocks against Oklahoma ... great performance in the National Championship Game against a talented Alabama defense with three knockdowns and 91 percent grade.
Before Clemson: Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... first-team All-American by MaxPreps.com, Parade and USA Today as a senior ... first-team All-American by MaxPreps.com as a junior ... No. 8 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com ... No. 22 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports.com (sixth-best signee entering the ACC) ... No. 16 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 2 player in Georgia by ESPN ... No. 16 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 3 player in Georgia by Rivals.com ... participated in The Opening ... coached by Bob Sphire ... recruited by Tony Elliott.
Personal: His uncle, Dan Benish, was an All-ACC defensive tackle and a starter on Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team ... majoring in general engineering ... born Feb. 6, 1997.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide