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Talented linebacker who was hampered by injury during most of his career, but emerged as one of the team’s best defensive players in 2014 ... valuable member of the special teams ... had 141 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 14 quarterback pressures, three pass breakups, one caused fumble and one recovered fumble in 771 snaps over 43 games (12 starts) in his career.

2014: Had 73 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, a team-high 13 quarterback pressures and one pass breakup in 495 snaps over 12 games (12 starts) ... had a team-high 12 tackles, including four special teams tackles, in 44 snaps at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30; it was his first career start; named team special teams player-of-the-game ... had four tackles and one tackle for loss in 22 snaps against SC State on Sept. 6 ... had five tackles and one tackle for loss in 59 snaps at No. 1 Florida State on Sept. 20 ... had six tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and a pass breakup in 62 snaps against North Carolina on Sept. 27 ... had three tackles, 0.5 sacks and a team-high three quarterback pressures in 28 snaps against NC State on Oct. 4 ... had five tackles and one sack in 29 snaps at Boston College on Oct. 18 ... had eight tackles and two tackles for loss in 49 snaps against Syracuse on Oct. 25 ... had two tackles and one tackle for loss in 32 snaps at Wake Forest on Nov. 6 ... had eight tackles and one sack in 35 snaps at No. 23 Georgia Tech on Nov. 15 ... had eight tackles and two quarterback pressures in 39 snaps against Georgia State on Nov. 22 ... had seven tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and two quarterback pressures in 51 snaps against South Carolina on Nov. 29; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... had five tackles in 45 snaps against No. 24 Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29 ... preseason fourth-team All-ACC by Phil Steele.

2013: Had 37 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one quarterback pressure, one pass breakup and one caused fumble in 167 snaps over 13 games ... has seven special teams tackles, tied for second-most on the team ... had three tackles in 11 snaps against SC State on Sept. 7 ... had a team-high three special teams tackles at NC State on Sept. 19 ... had a team-tying-high seven tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 26 snaps against Wake Forest on Sept. 28 ... had four tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass breakup in 14 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 5 ... had two tackles, his first career sack and a caused fumble that was recovered by Vic Beasley and returned 13 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter in eight snaps against Boston College on Oct. 12 ... had three tackles in 11 snaps against No. 5 Florida State on Oct. 19 ... had three tackles and one tackle for loss in 32 snaps at Virginia on Nov. 2 ... had two tackles in 18 snaps against Georgia Tech on Nov. 14 ... had seven tackles, including two special teams tackles, in 26 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 23; named team special teams player-of-the-game.

2012: ACC Academic Honor Roll member ... had 26 tackles and one recovered fumble in 73 snaps over 13 games ... had a team-high 12 special teams tackles ... had six tackles in 25 snaps against Furman on Sept. 15 ... had one tackle in six snaps at Boston College on Sept. 29 ... had two tackles in six snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 6 ... had one special teams tackle and recovered a fumble on a muffed punt against Virginia Tech on Oct. 20; named team special teams player-of-the-game ... had a team-high two special teams tackles at Wake Forest on Oct. 25 ... had three tackles in 14 snaps at Duke on Nov. 3 ... had six tackles in 16 snaps against Maryland on Nov. 10 ... had three tackles in three snaps against NC State on Nov. 17.

2011: Had five tackles in 36 snaps over five games ... had two tackles in 11 snaps against Troy on Sept. 3; it was his first career game ... had one tackle and a pass breakup in four snaps at No. 10 Virginia Tech on Oct. 1 ... had one tackle in seven snaps against Boston College on Oct. 8 ... tore an ACL in practice on Oct. 18 and missed the rest of the season.

Before Clemson: USA Today First-Team All-American ... No. 13 player and No. 1 outside linebacker in the nation and No. 4 player in Florida by Rivals.com ... won the high school version of the Dick Butkus Award in 2010 as the best linebacker in the nation ... No. 9 player and No. 1 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN ... No. 12 player and No. 2 outside linebacker in the nation and No. 5 player in Florida by 247Sports.com ... played in the U.S. Army All-American game ... had 81 tackles and five sacks and scored 10 touchdowns on offense as a senior at Pedro Menendez High School ... member of the Florida Times-Union Super 24 Team ... first-team all-state as a junior and senior ... All-American by MaxPreps.com and CBS Sports ... coached by Keith Cromwell at Pedro Menendez High ... recruited by Jeff Scott.

Personal: Graduated Dec. 18, 2014 with a degree in parks, recreation & tourism management ... born Sept. 19, 1992.


*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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