Defensive end who has emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the ACC despite playing limited snaps ... one of the most athletic players on the team ... has 20 tackles, eight tackles for loss, eight sacks, eight quarterback pressures, two pass breakups, and one caused fumble in 304 snaps over 22 games in his career ... 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; he 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; he 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