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Veteran linebacker who grew into a reliable cog in the middle of the Tigers’ 2016 defense ... has 135 career tackles in 993 snaps over 22 games (15 starts).

2016: Earned defense's Most Improved Award ... second-leading tackler with 124 stops over 15 games (15 starts) ... tied for team lead with 13.5 tackles for loss, while adding 3.5 sacks and 16 quarterback pressures ... posted team-high 14 tackles in win at Auburn to open the season, three were for loss ... added a sack against the Tigers ... named ACC Linebacker of the Week for his performance ... posted seven tackles, including two for loss, and an interception in win over Troy ... had a tackle for loss at Georgia Tech ... tallied 11 tackles in 100 snaps against No. 3 Louisville ... posted 10 stops in the road win at Boston College ... leading tackler with 10 in overtime win over NC State ... defensive player of the game by coaches following an 11-tackle, 1.5 sack effort at Wake Forest ... led the way with 11 tackles in ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech ... posted eight tackles, one for loss and a caused fumble in 31-0 shutout over Ohio State ... notched nine stops, including 2.5 for loss, in National Championship Game against Alabama.

2015: Had 11 tackles in 63 snaps over seven games ... also had four quarterback pressures ... posted a tackle in 14 snaps in his first game against Wofford ... played 20 snaps and contributed two tackles and three quarterback pressures at Miami ... sat the Wake Forest game due to concussion suffered in practice ... came up with a critical fourth-down stop on a running play in the Orange Bowl win over Oklahoma.

2014: Redshirted.

Before Clemson: Rated as the No. 18 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN ... No. 17 player in South Carolina by ... Shrine Bowl selection ... led Belton-Honea Path High School to an 11-2 record and the third round of state playoffs as a senior ... had 118 tackles, three tackles for loss, two interceptions, a recovered fumble and blocked punt as a senior ... had 205 yards and six touchdowns on 47 carries as a senior ... had 139 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks as a junior ... had 115 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, two sacks and one caused fumble as a sophomore ... three-time state weightlifting champion; also played basketball and ran track ... coached by Russell Blackston at Belton-Honea Path High School ... recruited by Chad Morris.

Personal: Majoring in health science ... born Nov. 19, 1995.

*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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