Defensive end who redshirted the 2015 season and made an immediate impact on the 2016 national championship defense … became one of the nation’s best defensive ends in 2017 … entered 2018 with 113 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, 36 quarterback pressures, three pass breakups and two caused fumbles in 1,476 snaps over 29 games (29 starts) … preseason first-team All-American by Athlon, Phil Steele and Sporting News … preseason second-team All-American by Street & Smith’s … No. 7 player in the nation in the preseason by Sports Illustrated and No. 8 player by NFL.com … No. 4 defensive end in the nation in the preseason by Lindy’s … preseason first-team All-ACC by Athlon, Phil Steele and Street & Smith’s.
2018: Bednarik Award semifinalist … recorded three tackles, including a sack, in season opener against Furman … racked up three tackles — all for loss, including two sacks — at Texas A&M, earning ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors and collecting a team defensive player of the week award … compiled seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks in a team defensive player of the week performance vs. Georgia Southern, becoming the first Clemson player to have two or more sacks in consecutive games since Vic Beasley against Florida State and North Carolina in 2014 … scored the first touchdown of his career, recovering a fumble in the end zone at Georgia Tech … posted three tackles vs. Syracuse … recorded a sack among his four tackles at Wake Forest … made five tackles, including 2.5 for loss, vs. NC State … recorded a sack at Florida State to move past Brentson Buckner and Bryant McNeal (22.0 each) on the school’s all-time leaderboard for career sacks … contributed five tackles (including a half-sack) vs. Louisville … recorded a sack among his two tackles at Boston College.
2017: One of five finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award … first-team All-American by AP and Sports on Earth; became just the third Tiger freshman or sophomore in history to earn first-team AP All-America honors, joining Sammy Watkins and Deshaun Watson … second-team All-American by The All-American, CBS Sports, Football Writers Association, Rivals, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and USA Today … First-Team All-ACC selection … first-team All-ACC by AP and Phil Steele … had 63 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, a pass breakup and two caused fumbles in 717 snaps over 14 games (14 starts) … second in the ACC in sacks and second in tackles for loss … had four tackles in 26 snaps against Kent State on Sept. 2 … had five tackles, a sack, team-high three quarterback pressures and caused fumble in 67 snaps against No. 13 Auburn on Sept. 9 … had three tackles and two quarterback pressures in 56 snaps at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16 … had four tackles and two quarterback pressures in 54 snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30 … had a sack in 48 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 … had eight tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and a pass breakup in 81 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 13; named ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week; named team defensive player-of-the-game … had six tackles in 25 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had a team-high 12 tackles, five tackles for loss and a sack at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4; named ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had three tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, two quarterback pressures and a caused fumble against Florida State on Nov. 11; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had four tackles in 27 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 18 … had five tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in 39 snaps at South Carolina on Nov. 25 … had four tackles and a tackle for loss in 35 snaps against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2 … had two tackles and a sack in 70 snaps against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game.
2016: Shared team defensive rookie-of-the-year honors with Dexter Lawrence … produced 50 tackles, including 12.5 for loss and six sacks, to go along with a team-high 24 quarterback pressures in 15 games (15 starts) … started first collegiate game at Auburn, and posted three quarterback pressures … posted two sacks in the win over No. 3 Louisville, part of 10 tackles for loss against the Cardinals … tallied three-yard sack in Clemson’s road win over Boston College … defensive player of the game against Florida State, when he recorded two tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup in Clemson’s big win … posted half a tackle for loss in game against Pittsburgh … had a pass breakup and two pressures against South Carolina … posted two tackles for loss, including a sack, in ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech … named defensive Most Valuable Player in the Fiesta Bowl after posting three tackles for loss, including a sack … played just 36 snaps due to injury in the National Championshp Game, but contributed two pressures and a tackle for loss.
Before Clemson: No. 115 player and No. 7 defensive end in the nation and No. 5 player in Virginia by 247Sports.com … No. 135 player and No. 6 defensive end in the nation and No. 5 player in Virginia by Rivals.com … No. 136 player in the nation and No. 5 player in Virginia by ESPN … No. 196 player in the nation by Scout.com … joined Chad Smith as first Tiger signees from Virginia since Tajh Boyd (2009) … Under Armour All-America Game selection, but did not play due to injury … did not play as a senior due to a torn ACL … had 60 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks as a junior … all-state selection as a junior … played two years of basketball … coached by Greg Lilly … recruited by Marion Hobby and Brent Venables.
Personal: Majoring in sports communication … born May 17, 1997.