Has 122 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, five sacks, 27 quarterback pressures, and four caused fumbles in 1,439 snaps over 41 games (15 starts) in his career...his hands were featured in ESPN The Magazine in the fall of 2009; his hands measure 11.5 inches from fingertip to fingertip, a figure that would have been among the best at the NFL Combine in 2009.
2011: Had 59 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, and 14 quarterback pressures in 767 snaps over 14 games (14 starts); the 767 snaps set a school record for a defensive lineman...led all Tiger defensive linemen in snaps...had four tackles and a team-tying-high three quarterback pressures in 54 snaps against Troy on Sept. 3...had five tackles in 49 snaps against Wofford on Sept. 10...had four tackles, a half tackle for loss, and two quarterback pressures in 58 snaps at #10 Virginia Tech on Oct. 1...had six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a caused fumble on a sack, and two quarterback pressures in 44 snaps against Boston College on Oct. 8; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game...had nine tackles in 66 snaps at Georgia Tech on Oct. 29; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game...had five tackles in 67 snaps against Wake Forest on Nov. 12...had five tackles and a sack in 56 snaps at N.C. State on Nov. 19...had one tackle and a pass breakup in 47 snaps against #3 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game...had four tackles in 67 snaps against #22 West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.
2010: Future Impact Player Award (defense) winner...had 32 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, six quarterback pressures, and a team-tying-high three caused fumbles in 343 snaps over 13 games (one start)...tied for second in the ACC in caused fumbles...had seven tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack against North Texas...tied the Clemson record for caused fumbles (2) against Presbyterian College and was named team special teams player-of-the-game...had nine tackles, including seven first hits, and a tackle for loss in 48 snaps against Georgia Tech...had two tackles and three quarterback pressures against #23 N.C. State...won the Strength Training Award and Most Improved Award for defensive ends for the spring practice; he was the only Tiger to win both awards at his position for the spring season.
2009: Named Co-Rookie-of-the-Year for Clemson defensive players as voted on by the coaching staff...first-team freshman All-ACC according to Rivals.com...played in all 14 contests and averaged 24 snaps per game...played 23 snaps in the win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl...had six tackles on special teams and his seven quarterback pressures...had at least one tackle in every game, the only Tiger freshman defensive player to accomplish that feat...had a season-high six tackles against Coastal Carolina...had two tackles for loss in the win over Boston College...had three unassisted tackles in the ACC Championship game against Georgia Tech...finished the season with five tackles for loss, including two sacks, to go with his 31 tackles.
Before Clemson: Enrolled at Clemson in January of 2009 following his high school graduation in December of 2008...Parade All-American...#36 player in the nation by Rivals.com...#120 player and #10 defensive end in the nation by ESPN.com...first-team All-American by EA Sports...#5 defensive lineman in the nation and #13 player in the ACC by Phil Steele...#91 player and #10 defensive lineman in the nation by Athlon...#11 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com...#1 strongest defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com...#1 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...participated in the U.S. Army All-American game, one of only two players from South Carolina to play in that game...participated in the Shrine Bowl...had a productive senior season with 73 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, and 15 sacks in nine games...finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina...coached by Trey Woodberry at West Florence High School...recruited by Dabo Swinney...chose Clemson over Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Personal: Majoring in sociology...born Jan. 4, 1990.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide