Kevin Dodd declares for NFL Draft


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Kevin Dodd declares for NFL Draft

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.

Richard Yeargin saw time behind Dodd this season, but Chris Register should also get plenty of work this spring.


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TigerNet News
spacer Thanks for being a Tiger Kevin
champs8487
spacer Re: Thanks for being a Tiger Kevin
CinTiger1
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clemtiger117
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deroberts
spacer happy for him. Hate it for us...
franc1968®
spacer furthermore, what DE wouldn't want to come here....
franc1968®
spacer Re: furthermore, what DE wouldn't want to come here....
MyfavOrange®
spacer you know, the fact he's 24 suggests to me
vlastimil_hort
spacer great coming out party in the title game kd, good luck!***
deadsolidperfect®
spacer Thanks, Kevin
PsychoTea
spacer Thanks for all your effort and hard work...
BFRT_King Ranch®
spacer Next man up
tbennett117
spacer After the game...
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer Best of everything to him.
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer More than a few NFL QBs just
SpillerHighLife®
spacer I am happy for him and respect his decision, but how many
TigerGrad'93
spacer Re: I am happy for him and respect his decision, but how many
81tiger81
spacer If he indeed finishes this spring AND does what it takes to
TigerGrad'93
spacer Getting his degree !
TaylorTiger
spacer Good for him, he deserves it.
TheSecondComing17®
spacer Good luck big man
IPTAY FAMILY
spacer His story is a great lesson in patience, perseverance
striperfan
spacer All the best to a GREAT TIGER!
David78®
spacer Thanks Dodd, Good Luck. Yeargin will be good.***
ColaTownTiger
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dinesh15
spacer I So dislike that players leave early for the NFL
Wytiger
spacer Re: I So dislike that players leave early for the NFL
tgre
spacer Dodd did stay for 4 years
IPTAY FAMILY
spacer He's getting his degree in May
dattiger05
spacer He's 24 and will get his degree.***
Injun Tiger
spacer Re: I So dislike that players leave early for the NFL
robbensdale®
spacer Thank you for all you have done Kevin
mrheyj
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tgre
spacer Thank you for your service, Mr. Dodd.***
Clemson656
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I bleed orange
spacer I saw this coming but one more year could've propelled him
ragtop
spacer 6 more points in our last game and this doesn't sting so bad***
Completely Solid Orange®
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4BigPaws
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CUYankee
spacer He'd be 1st Round Guaranteed next year but if he's 24 he's ready to move on***
Hi Cotton Tiger®
spacer You rocked, Dodd! Thanks for being a Tiger***
CUNDVALLEY®
spacer Thanks Kevin...It Was Great To See You Come Alive***
Xander5000
spacer THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT EFFORT AND BEING A TIGER
Coothater
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MyfavOrange®
spacer Congrats, Kevin. You ended your career with a game for the
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