Get ready for the Dip and Rip


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Beasley has the size and speed to be a dominant pass rusher. (TigerNet Staff Photo)

Clemson fans might need to get used to the “Dip and Rip” this season from defensive end Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
Adairsville, GA

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The junior out of Adairsville, Ga., has finally found a home on Clemson’s defensive line after starting out at tight end and moving to linebacker in his first few years on Clemson’s campus, and is poised to carry on the tradition of great pass-rushing ends at Clemson.

Beasley red-shirted in 2010, and had just two tackles in 16 snaps in 2011. However, Beasley’s freakish athletic ability allowed him to generate eight quarterback sacks in just 288 snaps last season, to go along with eight other quarterback pressures.

Beasley continued to impress in the spring, and said this past spring that he wants to use last season and spring practice as a springboard to bigger and better things this season.

“I am thankful I was just able to go out there and compete with my teammates,” Beasley said. “It was a blessing. Competing against all of those guys on the offensive line just made me better. I think there were a couple of us that really improved this spring, like me and Kevin DoddKevin Dodd
So. Defensive Tackle
#98 6-5, 280
Greer, SC

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. We are all capable of getting the job done. Whatever Coach [Brent] Venables has in mind for me, I am okay with it.”

Beasley’s sack total led the Clemson defense, and earned him Honorable Mention sophomore All-American honors by Collegefootballnews.com. He was also the only sophomore in the Atlantic Conference who finished in the top ten in sacks, finishing fourth.

Beasley said that one of his goals over the spring and summer was to work on his run defense.

“It has improved a whole lot, but it has to get better,” he said. “Coach [Marion] Hobby has worked with me a lot on my run defense. I’ve gotten my weight up, and that has helped me to really improve.”

Both Beasley and Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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said they hope Beasley is close to 240 pounds by the beginning of the season, and Beasley said he hopes he can take his game to another level and surpass his eight sacks from last season.

“My goal is to do even better than that,” he said. “I am trying to get better each and every day. I would love to get 15 or even 20 sacks this season. On the defensive line, we can be whatever we want to be. It is up to us – we just have to be more committed and put in the work.”

Beasley credits Hobby for his improved technique, and says the two have built a close relationship.

“Coach Hobby is a good coach, and we have built a great relationship,” he said. “That bond has helped me a lot. It is like a father-son relationship. He has been there for us, and he wants to help all of us get to the next level.”

Beasley said Hobby has also helped him perfect his signature move – the “Dip and Rip.”

“I’m using the dip and rip and getting on the edge and bending the corner,” Beasley said. “That’s my move. I came up with that. I used it a little last year but not as much. It’s just comes naturally now after practicing it in the offseason against tackles like Eric Mac LainEric Mac Lain
RS So. Tight End
#88 6-4, 260
Hope Mills, NC

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and Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
So. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-6, 280
St. George, VA

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- it has gotten a lot better. Some things just come natural to you, but Coach [Marion] Hobby, he critiques it. He just makes it a whole lot better.”

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