Defensive end who redshirted the 2015 season and made an immediate impact on the 2016 National Championship defense.
2016: Shared Defensive Rookie of the Year honors with Dexter Lawrence ... produced 50 tackles, including 12.5 for loss and six sacks, to go along with a team-high 24 quarterback pressures in 15 games (15 starts) ... started first collegiate game at Auburn, and posted three quarterback pressures ... posted two sacks in the win over No. 3 Louisville, part of 10 tackles for loss against the Cardinals ... tallied three-yard sack in Clemson’s road win over Boston College ... defensive player of the game against Florida State, when he recorded two tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup in Clemson’s big win ... posted half a tackle for loss in game against Pittsburgh ... had a pass breakup and two pressures against South Carolina ... posted two tackles for loss, including a sack, in ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech ... named defensive Most Valuable Player in the Fiesta Bowl after posting three tackles for loss, including a sack ... played just 36 snaps due to injury in the National Championshp Game, but contributed two pressures and a tackle for loss.
Before Clemson: No. 115 player and No. 7 defensive end in the nation and No. 5 player in Virginia by 247Sports.com ... No. 135 player and No. 6 defensive end in the nation and No. 5 player in Virginia by Rivals.com ... No. 136 player in the nation and No. 5 player in Virginia by ESPN ... No. 196 player in the nation by Scout.com ... joined Chad Smith as first Tiger signees from Virginia since Tajh Boyd (2009) ... Under Armour All-America Game selection, but did not play due to injury ... did not play as a senior due to a torn ACL ... had 60 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks as a junior ... all-state selection as a junior ... played two years of basketball ... coached by Greg Lilly ... recruited by Marion Hobby and Brent Venables.
Personal: Majoring in sports communication ... born May 17, 1997.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide