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#7 Austin Bryant

Position:
DE
Height:
6-6
Weight:
280
Class:
Sr.
Hometown:
Pavo, Ga.
High School:
Thomas County Central HS
BIO

Defensive end who has been a part of Clemson’s two-deep rotation for his entire career … Entered 2018 with 109 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 20 quarterback pressures, four pass breakups, two caused fumbles and an interception in 1,140 snaps over 36 games (14 starts) in his career … preseason second-team All-American by Street & Smith’s … preseason third-team All-American by Phil Steele … preseason fourth-team All-American by Athlon … No. 32 player in the nation in the preseason by Sports Illustrated and No. 57 player by NFL.com … No. 7 defensive end in the nation in the preseason by Lindy’s … preseason first-team All-ACC by Street & Smith’s … preseason second-team All-ACC by Athlon and Phil Steele.

2018: Made a season-high six tackles at Texas A&M … recorded two sacks among his three tackles against Georgia Southern, collecting team co-defensive player of the week honors  … added another sack at Georgia Tech … posted four tackles in comeback win vs. Syracuse … made one stop at Wake Forest.

2017: First-team All-American by Football Writers Association … second-team All-American by Walter Camp … third-team All-American by AP … Second-Team All-ACC selection … first-team All-ACC by Phil Steele … second-team All-ACC by AP … had 58 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, two pass breakups, two caused fumbles and an interception in 677 snaps over 14 games (14 starts) … tied for third in the ACC in sacks and tied for fifth in tackles for loss … had six tackles in 27 snaps against Kent State on Sept. 2; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had seven tackles and a school-record-tying four sacks in 60 snaps against No. 13 Auburn on Sept. 9; named FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player-of-the-Week; named ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week; named team defensive player-of-the-game … had five tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and three quarterback pressures in 51 snaps against Boston College on Sept. 23 … had five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and his first career interception in 46 snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a caused fumble in 36 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 … had four tackles and 0.5 sacks in 83 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 13 … had six tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and caused fumble in 31 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had two tackles and two quarterback pressures in 82 snaps at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4 … had two tackles, a sack and pass breakup in 51 snaps against Florida State on Nov. 11 … had a team-tying-high six tackles and a pass breakup in 39 snaps at South Carolina on Nov. 25 … had four tackles, a sack and two quarterback pressures in 68 snaps against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.

2016: Earned share of the defense’s 12th Man Award, along with Marcus Edmond and Scott Pagano … suffered a foot injury in August camp and missed the first six games of the season … had 16 tackles, including three for loss and two sacks, in 244 snaps over nine games … returned to action against NC State, tallying half of a sack in the overtime win in 27 snaps … posted 1.5 sacks in 27 snaps at Florida State, a 37-34 Tiger victory … posted three tackles, including half of one for loss, in victory at Wake Forest … posted half a tackle for loss against Virginia Tech … saw significant action in both bowl games, including 39 snaps versus Alabama when starter Clelin Ferrell went down with an injury … broke up a pass and had a quarterback pressure in the win over the Crimson Tide.

2015: Logged significant action as a backup to both Kevin Dodd and Shaq Lawson, appearing in 13 games and 219 snaps … had four quarterback pressures and two special teams tackles, as well as a fumble recovery … posted five tackles in his debut against Wofford … tallied nine stops, including one on special teams, in win over Appalachian State … missed Georgia Tech game with an injury … notched first career sack at NC State … knocked down a pass and had key quarterback pressure in win over Florida State … had half a tackle for loss against Wake Forest … posted three tackles and a fumble recovery in the ACC Championship Game against North Carolina … came off the bench to see 63 snaps with Shaq Lawson injured in the Capital One Orange Bowl and contributed eight tackles, including half a sack.

Before Clemson: Consensus top-20 player in Georgia … No. 134 player and No. 15 defensive end in the nation by ESPN … No. 149 player and No. 11 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com … No. 199 player and No. 12 defensive end in the nation by 247Sports.com … AAAA all-state selection … had 64 tackles, five sacks and three caused fumbles as a junior … teammate of running back Adam Choice … starter on the basketball team … coached by Bill Shaver … recruited by Marion Hobby and Danny Pearman.

Personal: Majoring in management … born Nov. 12, 1996.