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One of the nation’s most versatile defensive linemen, having started at end as a sophomore after playing tackle his first season; played mostly at defensive tackle in 2017 … entered 2018 with 193 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 43 quarterback pressures, 14 pass breakups, a caused fumble and two recovered fumbles in 1,827 snaps over 44 games (30 starts) … two-time All-American … two-time All-ACC selection … Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List member in the preseason … preseason first-team All-American by Athlon, Phil Steele, Sporting News and Street & Smith … preseason second-team All-American by Lindy’s … No. 3 player in the nation in the preseason by Sports Illustrated and No. 13 player by NFL.com … No. 3 defensive tackle in the nation in the preseason by Lindy’s … preseason first-team All-ACC by Athlon.

2018: Campbell Trophy semifinalist … opened season with six tackles, including a sack, vs. Furman, earning team defensive player of the week honors … posted four tackles, including one for loss, at Texas A&M … made two tackles in 18 snaps vs. Georgia Southern … split team defensive player of the week honors against Georgia Tech with five tackles, including two for loss with one sack … contributed two tackles, including one for loss, vs. Syracuse … added four tackles at Wake Forest.

2017: Winner of the Willis Award … one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy … first-team All-American by AFCA, Rivals and Sporting News … second-team All-American by AP, CBS Sports and Walter Camp … third-team All-American by Sports on Earth … First-Team All-ACC selection … first-team All-ACC by AP … second-team All-ACC by Phil Steele … CoSIDA Academic All-District selection … All-ACC Academic selection … permanent team co-captain … had 53 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 11 quarterback pressures and four pass breakups in 668 snaps over 14 games (14 starts) … had five tackles, two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 62 snaps against No. 13 Auburn on Sept. 9 … had a sack in 44 snaps at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16 … had four tackles and two quarterback pressures in 45 snaps against Boston College on Sept. 23; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had three tackles and two quarterback pressures in 47 snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30 … had three tackles and two quarterback pressures in 45 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 … had three tackles and 0.5 sacks in 79 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 13 … had five tackles and a tackle for loss in 35 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had five tackles and a pass breakup in 76 snaps at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4 … had seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack in 53 snaps against Florida State on Nov. 11; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had two tackles, two quarterback pressures and a pass breakup in 38 snaps at South Carolina on Nov. 25 … had a team-tying-high seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and two pass breakups in 31 snaps against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2 … had six tackles in 66 snaps against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.

2016: Nagurski Trophy finalist … Bednarik Award semifinalist … first-team All-American by AFCA, Football Writers Association and Phil Steele … second-team All-American by SB Nation, Sporting News, USA Today and Walter Camp … third-team All-American by the Associated Press … second-team All-ACC (media, coaches) … All-ACC Academic Team selection … posted 56 tackles, 13 for loss and 3.5 sacks in 706 snaps over 15 games (15 starts) … also had 20 quarterback pressures … established Clemson record by a defensive end with 10 passes broken up … started in place of Austin Bryant at Auburn and responded with 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup … defensive player of the game by the coaches … had six tackles and two pass breakups against Troy, while recording a touchdown reception out of the Tigers’ jumbo package … first defensive lineman in Clemson history to score a touchdown out of an offensive formation … had three-yard sack against SC State … posted tackle for loss at Georgia Tech and was big reason the Tigers held Yellow Jackets to just 124 total yards … posted a tackle for loss and pass breakup in win over No. 3 Louisville … returned successfully to his home state in the 56-10 win at Boston College; he tallied eight tackles, including two for loss and a sack, in front of over 100 family and friends … blocked a field goal and converted a fake punt for a first down with a 10-yard rush in win over NC State … had 1.5 tackles for loss at Florida State … had a tackle for loss in 39 snaps at Wake Forest … had two pass breakups in win over South Carolina … had a tackle for loss and recovered fumble against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl … posted two pass breakups and three pressures against Alabama in the National Championship Game.

2015: First-team freshman All-American by CampusInsiders.com, Football Writers Association, Scout.com and Sporting News … All-ACC Academic Team selection … had 84 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 453 snaps over 15 games (one start) … had 12 quarterback pressures and a caused fumble … posted six tackles (one for loss) in his debut against Wofford … his eight tackles included one behind the line of scrimmage against Appalachian State … had 10 tackles at Louisville … had five tackles, a sack and caused fumble in win over No. 6 Notre Dame … had seven tackles and three pressures against Georgia Tech … had seven tackles, including 0.5 for loss against Boston College … had eight stops in win over Florida State … notched second career sack against Wake Forest … posted two stops and a pressure against North Carolina … made a splash in the Capital One Orange Bowl by becoming Clemson’s first defensive lineman in history to catch a pass when he hauled in a 31-yard reception on a fake punt to give the Tigers a spark in the opening half … finished with 10 tackles against the Sooners in just 35 snaps.

Before Clemson: No. 21 player and No. 4 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 1 player in Connecticut by Rivals.com … No. 24 player and No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 1 player in Connecticut by 247Sports.com (seventh-best signee entering the ACC) … No. 32 player and No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 1 player in Connecticut by ESPN … No. 39 player and No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 2 player in Connecticut by Scout.com … had 253 tackles, 69.5 tackles for loss, 28.5 sacks and six recovered fumbles in 35 career games … had 71 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, eight sacks and four caused fumbles as a senior … had 57 tackles and 20 tackles for loss as a junior … had 12 receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore … four-year letterman in basketball who averaged 19.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game as a junior … recruited by Dan Brooks and Brent Venables … coached by Andrew Gamere.

Personal: Graduated Dec. 21, 2017 with a degree in communication in only two-and-a-half years; became the first scholarship Tiger football player to graduate in two-and-a-half years … born Dec. 20, 1995.


*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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