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#47 James Skalski

Position:
LB
Height:
6-0
Weight:
245
Class:
Jr.
Hometown:
Sharpsburg, Ga.
High School:
Northgate HS
BIO

Entered 2018 with 51 tackles, four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback pressures in 194 snaps over 28 games (two starts) in his career

2018: Enters bowl season having played 26 snaps over two games while redshirting, recording eight tackles (1.0 for loss) … recorded six tackles, including one for loss, at Georgia Tech as starting linebacker Kendall Joseph missed the contest with an injury … posted two tackles against Pitt.

2017: All-ACC Academic selection … had 37 tackles, two tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and two quarterback pressures in 174 snaps over 14 games (two starts) … averaged a tackle every 6.7 snaps, third on the team (minimum 100 snaps) … had three tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in seven snaps at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16 … had a tackle and kickoff against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 … had two tackles in 11 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had three tackles in four snaps against Florida State on Nov. 11 … had a team-high nine tackles and tackle for loss in 36 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 18; was his first career start; named team defensive player-of-the-game … had a team-tying-high six tackles in 36 snaps at South Carolina on Nov. 25 … had three tackles and 0.5 sacks in 32 snaps against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2 … had three tackles in 25 snaps against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.

2016: Produced 14 tackles in 20 snaps in 14 games … more than half (eight) of his tackles came on special teams … appeared in first collegiate game at Auburn, registering a tackle … special teams player of the game against Boston College, he had a tackle on kickoff coverage … had four tackles, including two on special teams and one for loss, in nine active snaps against Syracuse … tallied special teams stop at Wake Forest … had two tackles on special teams in win over South Carolina … assisted on a coverage tackle in the Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State.

Before Clemson: Outstanding all-around athlete … standout on the football field and the soccer field … will leave Northgate High as the school’s most decorated athlete … named first-team all-state as a linebacker and second-team all-state as a punter … Region 4-AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year … named the MVP of the Newnan area … led the team in tackles with 170, 33 of which were tackles for loss … had 11 sacks, three caused fumbles, two caused fumbles and an interception … had a pair of defensive touchdowns as well … handled the punts and had over a 40-yard average … also handled kickoffs and was second-team all-region kicker as well … also running back at times for Northgate team that finished 12-2, most wins in school history … also a three-year starter in soccer … actually played football and soccer at the same time during the fall of 2013 … played his high school football for Tommy Walburn … selected Clemson over offers from Louisville and South Carolina … recruited by Mike Reed and Brent Venables.

Personal: His sister, Brenna, played softball at Georgia State … father played football for two years at Oklahoma … majoring in communication.