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Offensive tackle who enrolled in January 2015 … entered 2018 with 99.5 knockdowns in 2,885 snaps over 43 games (42 starts) in his career … entered the year sixth in Clemson history in snaps … three-time All-ACC selection … preseason first-team All-American by Athlon, Lindy’s and Sporting News … preseason second-team All-American by Phil Steele and Street & Smith’s … No. 37 player in the nation in the preseason by Sports Illustrated and No. 77 player by NFL.com … No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation in the preseason by Lindy’s … preseason first-team All-ACC by Athlon, Lindy’s, Phil Steele and Street & Smith’s.

2018: Played 49 snaps in helping the offense gain 531 yards of offense vs. Furman … played 60 snaps and helped the offense gain 413 yards in a start at Texas A&M, earning ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors … in 52 snaps, helped the offense gain 286 rushing yards and 309 passing yards in a start vs. Georgia Southern … helped Clemson once again eclipse 200 yards both rushing and passing in a start at Georgia Tech, appearing in 49 snaps … played 85 snaps in a start in a comeback win vs. Syracuse, helping power the Tigers on a 13-play, 94-yard game-winning drive … earned his sixth career ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week selection for his performance, the most of any lineman in school history.

2017: First-team All-American by ESPN and Sporting News … second-team All-American by AFCA, The All-American, AP, College Football News, Football Writers Association, Rivals, Sports on Earth, USA Today and Walter Camp … winner of the ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy, Clemson’s first recipient since 1987 … First-Team All-ACC selection … first-team All-ACC by AP and Phil Steele … had 30 knockdowns in 842 snaps over 13 games (13 starts) … played 37 snaps against Kent State on Sept. 2 … had two knockdowns in playing all 69 snaps against No. 13 Auburn on Sept. 9 … had two knockdowns in 66 snaps at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16 … had two knockdowns in 66 snaps against Boston College on Sept. 23; named team co-offensive player-of-the-game … had a knockdown in 63 snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30 … had two knockdowns in 71 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7; named team offensive player-of-the-game … had a team-high three knockdowns in playing all 59 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 13; named team offensive player-of-the-game … had a team-tying-high four knockdowns in 65 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28; named ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week … had a team-tying-high three knockdowns in 80 snaps at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4; named ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week; named team co-offensive player-of-the-game … had a knockdown in 68 snaps against Florida State on Nov. 11 … had five knockdowns in 68 snaps at South Carolina on Nov. 25; named Co-ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week … had a team-high three knockdowns in 60 snaps against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2 … had two knockdowns in playing all 70 snaps against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.

2016: Tied for second on the team with 32.5 knockdown blocks in 994 snaps (14 starts) … first-team All-ACC (media) … second-team All-ACC (coaches) … opened strong with a 90 percent effort at Auburn, and played all 81 snaps of the win … graded 89 percent in win over Troy, with three knockdowns … graded 93 percent in just 30 snaps against SC State … tied for team high with three knockdowns versus Georgia Tech … had two knockdowns in 66 snaps against No. 3 Louisville … posted 93 percent grade and played 46 snaps in win at Boston College … graded over 90 percent and named offensive player of the game by coaches in the overtime triumph against NC State … graded 92 percent, best on the team, in win over Syracuse … played just two snaps against Pittsburgh before suffering a foot injury … started next time out at Wake Forest and graded 91 percent in 69 snaps … graded 91 percent and contributed team-high four knockdown blocks against South Carolina in 64 snaps … had three knockdowns in win over Virginia Tech … posted two knockdowns and 87 percent grade versus Ohio State … punctuated sophomore season with 90 percent grade and three knockdowns in National Championship Game against Alabama.

2015: First-team freshman All-American by Sporting News and USA Today … third-team All-ACC (media, coaches) … second on the team with 37 knockdown blocks in 15 starts (1,049 snaps) … first first-year freshman to start his first game on the offensive line since James Farr in 1980 … first first-year freshman to start an opener at offensive tackle since 1944 (Phil Prince) … had three or more knockdowns in seven games … graded 92 percent in his first career game against Wofford … posted three knockdowns and an 85 percent mark in the win over Appalachian State … graded 87 percent and took part in every snap of the road win at Louisville … added three knockdowns versus the Cards … played all 65 snaps in win over Notre Dame, while grading 86 percent … named co-offensive player-of-the-game by the coaches … logged 54 snaps with three knockdowns against Georgia Tech … graded 85 percent with two knockdowns in 66 snaps in win over Boston College … team-best 91 percent grade at Miami in 53 snaps … had three knockdowns and was a big reason the Tigers rushed for 416 yards versus the ‘Canes … helped Clemson to 623 yards of total offense at NC State and graded 90 percent against the Wolfpack … earned 93 percent mark on film in playing every snap against Florida State, while earning ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for the first time … first first-year freshman to earn ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week honors in school history … posted team high 90 percent grade and three knockdowns against Wake Forest … played 62 snaps and graded 91 percent at South Carolina … graded 88 percent in the Capital One Orange Bowl, where he collected four knockdown blocks against Oklahoma … great performance in the National Championship Game against a talented Alabama defense with three knockdowns and 91 percent grade.

Before Clemson: Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … first-team All-American by MaxPreps.com, Parade and USA Today as a senior … first-team All-American by MaxPreps.com as a junior … No. 8 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com … No. 22 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports.com (sixth-best signee entering the ACC) … No. 16 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 2 player in Georgia by ESPN … No. 16 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 3 player in Georgia by Rivals.com … participated in The Opening … coached by Bob Sphire … recruited by Tony Elliott.

Personal: His uncle, Dan Benish, was an All-ACC defensive tackle and a starter on Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team … majoring in financial management … born Feb. 6, 1997.


*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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