Defensive end who emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the country in 2013 ... one of the most athletic players on the team ... has 64 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 21 sacks, 20 quarterback pressures, eight pass breakups, five caused fumbles, and one recovered fumble in 864 snaps over 35 games (13 starts) in his career ... eighth in school history in sacks.
2013: One of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award ... one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award ... one of 16 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award ... first-team All-American by Athlon, Bleacher Report, CBSSports.com, SBNation.com, SI.com, Sporting News, USA Today, and Walter Camp ... second-team All-American by AP, FWAA, and Phil Steele ... First-Team All-ACC selection (media, coaches) ... first-team All-ACC by Athlon, CollegeFootballNews.com, ESPN.com, Phil Steele, and Sporting News ... had 44 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, six pass breakups, four caused fumbles, and one recovered fumble in 560 snaps over 13 games (13 starts) ... led the team in tackles for loss, sacks, and caused fumbles ... third in school history in sacks and eighth in tackles for loss ... third in the nation in tackles for loss, tied for third in sacks, and tied for 10th in caused fumbles ... first in the ACC in sacks, tied for first in caused fumbles, and second in tackles for loss ... had a game-high two sacks in 47 snaps against #5 Georgia on Aug. 31; it was his first career start ... had six tackles, three sacks, two pass breakups, and a caused fumble in 54 snaps at N.C. State on Sept. 19; named Bednarik Award National Defensive Player-of-the-Week; named ACC Co-Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week; named ACC defensive player-of-the-week by Athlon; named team defensive player-of-the-game ... had two tackles, one sack, a pass breakup, and caused fumble in 29 snaps against Wake Forest on Sept. 28 ... had seven tackles, four tackles for loss, and two sacks in 43 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 5; named ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week; named ACC defensive player-of-the-week by Athlon; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... had six tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, a pass breakup, and a 13-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Boston College on Oct. 12; named national defensive lineman-of-the-week by CFPA; named ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week; named ACC defensive player-of-the-week by Athlon; received the Leather Helmet Award as the game MVP ... had four tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, two quarterback pressures, and a caused fumble in 51 snaps at Maryland on Oct. 26; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... had two tackles for loss, a pass breakup, and two quarterback pressures in 45 snaps against Georgia Tech on Nov. 14 ... had six tackles, two sacks, and a caused fumble in 65 snaps at #9 South Carolina on Nov. 30 ... had five tackles, a game-high four tackles for loss, one sack, and two quarterback pressures in 54 snaps against #6 Ohio State in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 ... Bednarik Award Watch List member in the preseason ... preseason second-team All-ACC by Lindy's ... preseason third-team All-ACC by Athlon and Phil Steele.
2012: Honorable mention sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com ... had 18 tackles, eight tackles for loss, a team-high eight sacks (fourth-most in the ACC and the only freshman or sophomore in the top 10), eight quarterback pressures, two pass breakups, and one caused fumble in 288 snaps over 13 games ... had his first career sack in 12 snaps against #25 Auburn at Atlanta, GA on Sept. 1; the sack came on third down on Auburn's last drive and thwarted a potential game-tying drive; on first down on the final drive, he had a quarterback pressure that led to an incompletion ... had two tackles and one sack in 25 snaps at Boston College on Sept. 29 ... had three tackles, a game-high two sacks, and two quarterback pressures in 30 snaps at Wake Forest on Oct. 25; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... had two tackles, one sack, and a pass breakup in 34 snaps at Duke on Nov. 3 ... had five tackles, a game-high three sacks, and a caused fumble in 44 snaps against N.C. State on Nov. 17; named ACC Co-Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... had a game-tying-high two sacks in the Spring Game.
2011: Had two tackles in 16 snaps over nine games ... Clemson had a 9-0 record in his nine games ... played two snaps in his first career game against Troy on Sept. 3 ... had a special teams tackle against Wofford on Sept. 10 ... had one tackle in 10 snaps against #3 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 3.
Before Clemson: Rated as the #16 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com ... #37 athlete in the nation and #37 player in Georgia by Rivals.com ... #34 outside linebacker in the nation and #37 player in Georgia by Scout.com ... #33 player in Georgia by SuperPrep ... All-Southeast Region pick by PrepStars ... played running back in high school; had 120 rushes for 828 yards and seven scores as a senior ... had seven punt returns for a 17.3-yard average and two touchdowns ... had just one kickoff return, but he took it 80 yards for a score ... had 102 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and one interception ... played in the Georgia North-South All-Star game; had a blocked field goal ... first-team all-state by AP and Georgia Sportswriter Association ... named all-county and all-area as a junior and senior ... had 57 tackles, two recovered fumbles, and an interception as a junior ... had 15 receptions for 200 yards as a junior ... played high school basketball and AAU basketball ... averaged a double-double for the AAU Georgia All-Stars ... coached by Jim Kremer at Adairsville High School ... recruited by Billy Napier ... chose Clemson over Alabama, Auburn, and Stanford.
Personal: His father, Victor, played football at Auburn (1982-84) and served as offensive coordinator at Adairsville High School ... majoring in sociology ... born July 8, 1992.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide