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Hard-hitting linebacker who enters 2022 credited with 52 tackles (8.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks, two pass breakups and two forced fumbles in 254 defensive snaps across 27 career games (two starts).
2021:Credited with 30 tackles (4.0 for loss), two pass breakups, a sack and a forced fumble over 171 defensive snaps in 11 games (two starts) … recorded a tackle and a forced fumble vs. No. 5 Georgia … made one tackle vs. SC State … made his first career start vs. Georgia Tech after starter Baylon Spector reported knee inflammation pregame, and proceeded to record a team-high 13 tackles (3.0 for loss) and a sack en route to ACC Linebacker of the Week and team co-defensive player of the game honors … followed with nine tackles in reserve at NC State … added a tackle for loss at Syracuse … contributed five tackles in season finale vs. Iowa State.
2020:Credited with 16 tackles (4.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 73 defensive snaps over 12 games …recorded four tackles including his first career sack at Wake Forest … added a tackle vs. The Citadel … added one tackle at Georgia Tech … recorded three tackles vs. Syracuse … made two tackles vs. Pitt, with one resulting in an eight-yard sack and the other resulting in his first career forced fumble … contributed four tackles including 1.5 sacks at Virginia Tech … had one tackle in ACC Championship Game vs. No. 2 Notre Dame.
2019: Played 10 snaps and registered six tackles over four games … made collegiate debut on special teams vs. Georgia Tech … added a tackle vs. Charlotte … contributed four tackles vs. Wofford … posted a tackle vs. Wake Forest.
Before Clemson: Ranked as the No. 119 overall player in the nation by PrepStar … rated as the No. 177 overall player by Rivals.com, who also sees him as the ninth-best inside linebacker and eighth-best player from Alabama … four-star by PrepStar, ESPN and Rivals … ESPN rated him as the No. 289 overall player in the nation, the seventh-best inside linebacker and 12th-best player in Alabama … had strong senior year with 118 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, four passes broken up … ranked as No. 6 player in Alabama by Al.com … Lineman of the Year by the Birmingham Quarterback Club … named Defensive Player of the Year in Birmingham … played high school football at Jackson-Olin High for coach Tim Vakakes … Clemson recruiter was Todd Bates … committed to Clemson on July 27, 2018.
Personal: Born Feb. 20, 2001 … majoring in communication … two-time ACC Honor Roll selection (2019-20) … first name pronounced luh-VON-tay.
Note: Tackle stats in the bio above reflect statistics from coaches film review. Tackle stats in the table below reflect those as awarded by gameday stat crews.

*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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