Enrolled in January 2016 and has had an enormous impact … has 118 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 28 quarterback pressures, two pass breakups, a caused fumble and two recovered fumbles in 1,081 snaps over 27 games (23 starts) … two-time All-ACC selection … Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List member in the preseason … preseason first-team All-American by Street & Smith’s … preseason second-team All-American by Phil Steele and Sporting News … preseason third-team All-American by Athlon … No. 10 player in the nation in the preseason by Sports Illustrated and No. 16 player by NFL.com … preseason first-team All-ACC by Athlon, Phil Steele and Street & Smith’s.
2017: One of 18 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award … second-team All-American by Rivals … third-team All-American by Sports on Earth … First-Team All-ACC selection … first-team All-ACC by AP … had 39 tackles, three tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, five quarterback pressures, a pass breakup and caused fumble in 438 snaps over 12 games (12 starts) … had four tackles in 23 snaps against Kent State on Sept. 2 … had five tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 48 snaps against No. 13 Auburn on Sept. 9 … had two tackles, a sack and two quarterback pressures in 31 snaps at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had three tackles in 31 snaps against Boston College on Sept. 23 … had three tackles and a caused fumble in 40 snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30 … had four tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 30 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 … had nine tackles in 66 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 13 … played 14 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had three tackles and two quarterback pressures in 46 snaps at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4 … had three tackles, a sack and pass breakup in 29 snaps against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2.
2016: Freshman All-American by ESPN and USA Today … ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year (media, coaches) … Defensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Focus … second-team All-ACC (media, coaches) … All-ACC Academic Team selection … shared Rookie of the Year honors defensively with Clelin Ferrell … produced 79 tackles, fifth-most on the team, in 643 snaps over 15 games (11 starts) … broke Clemson freshman record with seven sacks, while also tallying 9.5 tackles for loss … produced 23 quarterback pressures, the second-highest figure on the team … also had two recovered fumbles and two blocked kicks … notched 10 tackles in his debut at Auburn, with a sack and pass breakup … also played on offense, helping Wayne Gallman to a touchdown run … posted two tackles for loss against Troy … credited with six pressures by the coaches in 46-point win at Boston College, where he also contributed a fumble recovery … had a sack in win over NC State … posted a sack and five total tackles at Florida State, a 37-34 win for the Tigers … had five tackles, including a sack, against Syracuse … blocked a field goal and extra point in loss to Pittsburgh … had a sack in 21 snaps of victory over South Carolina … posted two sacks in ACC Championship win over Virginia Tech … had four tackles and two pressures in National Championship against Alabama.
Before Clemson: One of the highest rated five-star recruits in Clemson history … first-team USA Today All-American … listed as the No. 2 overall player in the nation by Rivals and 247Sports.com, the highest ranking in history for a Clemson signee by the latter … No. 3 by Scout.com … No. 5 overall player in the nation by PrepStar … No. 6 overall prospect by ESPN and No. 7 by Tom Lemming … top-two prospect at his position according to 247 Sports, Rivals, and Scout … third-best prospect at defensive tackle by ESPN … top player in the state of North Carolina according to all services … Associated Press Prep Player of the Year in North Carolina in 2015 … played in the U.S. Army All-America game … first-team all-state, he was the top vote getter on the defense … had 91 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks, and 16 quarterback hurries in 12 games as a senior … helped Wake Forest to a 12-1 record his senior year … had 55 tackles, 10 sacks, 25 tackles for loss, three blocked kicks and three forced fumbles as a junior … helped team to a 15-1 record and a berth in AAAA State Championship game … had 56 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss and five sacks as a sophomore … for his career had 204 tackles, 65 tackles for loss and 28 sacks … added six caused fumbles and three fumble recoveries … played three years of basketball … recruited by Brent Venables, Robbie Caldwell and Dan Brooks … narrowed his college choices to Clemson, Ohio State, Southern Cal, Alabama and Florida … coached by Reggie Lucas.
Personal: Participated in math camps as a young man … Clemson was his first college offer … majoring in justice studies.