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Senior who moved into the starting lineup in 2015, making a big impact on Clemson’s nationally-ranked defense ... has 109 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 908 snaps over 38 games (15 starts) in his career ... preseason first-team All-American by Lindy’s, Phil Steele and Sporting News ... rated nation’s No. 2 preseason defensive tackle by Lindy’s.

2015: First-team All-ACC (media) ... second-team All-ACC (coaches) ... had 69 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 570 snaps over 15 games (14 starts) ... added eight quarterback pressures and an interception, which he returned for his first career touchdown ... posted six tackles (one for loss) in the opener against Wofford ... returned first career interception for a touchdown, a highlight of Clemson’s 41-10 win over Appalachian State ... first by an interior defensive lineman since Jock McKissic against South Carolina in 2006 ... posted a sack, in addition to making the key play on two-point conversion stop in final seconds of win over Notre Dame ... tallied five tackles, a quarterback pressure and PBU in just 18 snaps at Miami ... played well at Syracuse, logging a pair of tackles for loss ... had five tackles and half a sack at South Carolina ... had a pass breakup in ACC Championship Game against North Carolina ... had a six-yard sack against Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl ... had a tackle for loss and quarterback pressure in the National Championship Game against Alabama.

2014: Had 13 tackles, two tackles for loss and four quarterback pressures in 135 snaps over 11 games ... had three tackles in 16 snaps at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30 ... had two tackles and two quarterback pressures in 17 snaps against NC State on Oct. 4 ... had one tackle for loss in six snaps at Boston College on Oct. 18 ... had two tackles in 20 snaps against Georgia State on Nov. 22 ... had two tackles and one tackle for loss in nine snaps against South Carolina on Nov. 29.

2013: Had 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback pressure in 90 snaps over three games (one start) ... had three tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 34 snaps against No. 5 Georgia on Aug. 31; it was his first career start ... had four tackles and one tackle for loss in 34 snaps against SC State on Sept. 7 ... had four tackles in 22 snaps at NC State on Sept. 19 ... was a passenger in a fatal car accident on Sept. 21 and missed the rest of the season due to injuries suffered in the accident.

2012: Had 16 tackles, one tackle for loss and three quarterback pressures in 113 snaps over nine games ... had one tackle in 12 snaps against Ball State on Sept. 8; it was his first career game ... had two tackles and one tackle for loss in 15 snaps against Furman on Sept. 15 ... had three tackles in 11 snaps against Virginia Tech on Oct. 20 ... had five tackles in 25 snaps at Duke on Nov. 3 ... had three tackles in 22 snaps against Maryland on Nov. 10 ... had two tackles in 10 snaps against NC State on Nov. 17.

Before Clemson: Rated as the No. 55 player and No. 7 defensive lineman in the nation as well as No. 4 player in North Carolina by 247Sports.com ... No. 104 overall player and No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation as well as No. 5 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com ... No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com ... No. 134 overall player and No. 12 defensive tackle in the nation as well as No. 5 player in North Carolina by ESPN ... No. 13 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep ... had 15 sacks, one interception and five caused fumbles as a senior ... had 50 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 14 sacks as a junior ... played in the U.S. Army All-American game and the Shrine Bowl ... averaged over 21 points and 10 rebounds per game in basketball as a junior ... attended the same high school that sent the McSwain brothers (Rod, Chuck) to Clemson in the early 1980s; they were both on the 1981 National Championship team; Chuck is the current track coach at Chase High School ... coached by Daniel Bailey at Chase High ... recruited by Dan Brooks.

Personal: Cousin of current Clemson defensive end Dane Rogers ... majoring in sociology ... born Dec. 5, 1993.


*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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