Kevin Dodd declares for NFL Draft
|Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 11:16 AM- -|
Redshirt junior defensive end Kevin Dodd took his game to another level this past season and now he’s ready to take his game to the next level.
The Clemson standout out of Greer (SC) Riverside had three sacks in Monday’s 45-40 College Football Playoff National Championship loss to Alabama at University of Phoenix Stadium, capping a breakout season in which he tallied 12 sacks, 62 total tackles, 23 ½ tackles for loss for 99 yards, six quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and a blocked kick.
Dodd, who will turn 24 in July, released a statement through his agents at Element Sports Group detailing his intentions and reasons.
“After speaking with my family, I have decided to apply for early entry into the 2016 NFL Draft. Leaving Clemson is an extremely tough decision, but I truly feel like I am physically and mentally ready for the next challenge. We had an amazing season. I am so proud of what we accomplished, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to play football here at Clemson. Thank you to my coaches, especially Coach Swinney, Coach Venables and Coach Hobby for all they have done for me. Thank you to my
teammates and all of the academic and athletic staff here at Clemson as well. I will be staying in Clemson this Spring in order to complete my degree and graduate this coming May. Clemson Football has given me opportunities I never thought were possible. I am so proud to be a Tiger and will always be a Tiger! Clemson is truly a special place -- thank you for everything. #AllIn”
The 6-5, 275-pounder was a reserve his first two seasons at Clemson, with 21 tackles in 219 snaps over 24 games. However, he showed his potential and promise in the 2015 spring game with six tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack.
Welcome to the family, Kevin Dodd! pic.twitter.com/jKC2DpdlFz— Element Sports Group (@element_sports) January 13, 2016