Starting linebacker who was one of the team's best special teams players ... emerged in the second half of the 2012 season as one of the team's top linebackers and tacklers ... had 248 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, nine quarterback pressures, five pass breakups, one caused fumble, and five recovered fumble in 1,365 snaps over 49 games (20 starts) in his career ... had 31 special teams tackles in his career ... two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member.
2013: Permanent team co-captain ... one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott Impact Trophy ... Third-Team All-ACC selection (media, coaches) ... third-team All-ACC by Phil Steele ... College All-Star Bowl invitee ... had 119 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, one sack, six quarterback pressures, four pass breakups, one caused fumble, and a team-high four recovered fumbles in 747 snaps over 13 games (13 starts) ... second on the team in tackles ... tied for first in school history in recovered fumbles ... tied for second in the nation in recovered fumbles ... first in the ACC in recovered fumbles ... had a game-high 18 tackles and a recovered fumble in 60 snaps against #5 Georgia on Aug. 31; named ACC Linebacker-of-the-Week ... had five tackles in 34 snaps against S.C. State on Sept. 7 ... had 12 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, and a recovered fumble in 69 snaps at N.C. State on Sept. 19; named Lott Impact Player-of-the-Week ... had four tackles, one tackle for loss, and a caused fumble in 37 snaps against Wake Forest on Sept. 28 ... had nine tackles and a pass breakup in 64 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 5 ... had nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and a pass breakup in 54 snaps against Boston College on Oct. 12 ... had a game-high 13 tackles and one tackle for loss in 67 snaps against #5 Florida State on Oct. 19 ... had eight tackles, two pass breakups, and a nine-yard fumble return in 66 snaps at Maryland on Oct. 26; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... had five tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 50 snaps at Virginia on Nov. 2 ... had nine tackles in 66 snaps against Georgia Tech on Nov. 14 ... had nine tackles and one tackle for loss in 40 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 23 ... had nine tackles in 68 snaps at #9 South Carolina on Nov. 30 ... had nine tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, and a crucial recovered fumble in the fourth quarter in 72 snaps against #6 Ohio State in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... Lott Impact Trophy Watch List member in the preseason ... preseason third-team All-ACC by Athlon ... preseason fourth-team All-ACC by Phil Steele.
2012: Had 93 tackles, six tackles for loss, one sack, two quarterback pressures, and one pass breakup in 502 snaps over 13 games (seven starts) ... had four double-digit tackle totals ... had 69 tackles and five tackles for loss in the last seven games ... had seven tackles in 29 snaps against Ball State on Sept. 8 ... had six tackles in 32 snaps against Furman on Sept. 15 ... had two tackles in five snaps at Boston College on Sept. 29 ... had seven tackles and one tackle for loss in 24 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 6; it was his first career tackle for loss, as he tackled Orwin Smith in the endzone for a safety (two-yard loss) to give Clemson a 40-31 lead with 10:19 left in the fourth quarter ... had a game-high 15 tackles and a team-high 2.5 tackles for loss in 57 snaps against Virginia Tech on Oct. 20; it was his first career start ... had a team-tying-high 10 tackles in 48 snaps at Wake Forest on Oct. 25 ... had a team-high 12 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 51 snaps at Duke on Nov. 3; named team defensive player-of-the-game ... had seven tackles and his first career sack in 26 snaps against Maryland on Nov. 10 ... had a team-high 14 tackles and a tackle for loss in 83 snaps against N.C. State on Nov. 17 ... had six tackles and a pass breakup in 92 snaps against #12 South Carolina on Nov. 24 ... had five tackles in 36 snaps against #7 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.
2011: ACC Academic Honor Roll member ... had 27 tackles in 48 snaps over 14 games ... had a team-high 19 special teams tackles ... had five tackles, including four on special teams, in five snaps against Troy on Sept. 3 ... had three tackles, including two on special teams, in four snaps against Wofford on Sept. 10 ... had three tackles in one snap at #10 Virginia Tech on Oct. 1 ... had six tackles in 10 snaps against Boston College on Oct. 8 ... had two special teams tackles at Maryland on Oct. 15; named team special teams player-of-the-game ... had one tackle in 10 snaps against North Carolina on Oct. 22 ... had two tackles in nine snaps at #13 South Carolina on Nov. 26 ... had two tackles in two snaps against #3 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 3.
2010: Had nine tackles and a recovered fumble in 68 snaps over nine games ... had three special teams tackles ... saw most of his playing time in the first half of the season ... had a tackle in 11 snaps against North Texas ... had three tackles in 30 snaps against Presbyterian College ... had two tackles in 12 snaps against #16 Miami (FL) ... had a tackle in five snaps at North Carolina ... had a tackle against Maryland.
2009: Red-shirted ... ACC Academic Honor Roll member.
Before Clemson: Rated as the #24 inside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com and #47 inside linebacker by ESPN.com ... #11 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com and #28 player by SuperPrep ... #79 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com ... defensive MVP of the Shrine Bowl; he had seven tackles and two tackles for loss ... had 1,260 rushing yards and 16 scores along with 94 tackles and 10 tackles for loss as a senior ... team MVP in baseball and lettered in basketball ... coached by James Martin at South Mecklenburg High ... recruited by Billy Napier ... chose Clemson over Duke, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wake Forest.
Personal: Graduated on May 10, 2013 with a degree in management ... born Dec. 31, 1990.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide