Enrolled in January 2016 and made an impact defensively and on special teams … entered 2018 with 74 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, three quarterback pressures, two pass breakups, a caused fumble and recovered fumble in 433 snaps over 25 games (eight starts) in his career … preseason fourth-team All-ACC by Phil Steele.
2018: Butkus Award finalist … second-team All-ACC … second-team AP All-ACC … enters bowl season credited with 74 tackles (5.5 for loss), 3.0 sacks, a pass breakup and an interception in 450 snaps over 12 games (all starts) … opened the season with three tackles vs. Furman … contributed six tackles at Texas A&M … led the team with 12 tackles vs. Georgia Southern … added four tackles at Georgia Tech … collected 10 tackles, including one for loss, vs. Syracuse … named team defensive player of the game at Wake Forest after recording eight tackles including a career-high-tying 2.0 sacks … made one tackle vs. No. 16 NC State … recorded five tackles at Florida State and notched his first career interception, returning it 43 yards to set up a Clemson scoring drive .. made two tackles vs. Louisville … added six tackles at No. 17 Boston College … recorded eight tackles vs. Duke … rested with an injury vs. South Carolina … tied for the team-lead with nine tackles (2.0 for loss, including a sack) against Pitt.
2017: Had 52 tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks, three quarterback pressures, a pass breakup, caused fumble and recovered fumble in 331 snaps over 10 games (eight starts) … had five tackles in 22 snaps against Kent State on Sept. 2 … had four tackles and a sack in 37 snaps against No. 13 Auburn on Sept. 9 … had seven tackles and two quarterback pressures in 50 snaps against Boston College on Sept. 23 … had six tackles and two quarterback pressures in 35 snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30 … had a team-high 10 tackles in 31 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had nine tackles and two sacks in 46 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had five tackles, a tackle for loss and pass breakup in 62 snaps at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4 … had four tackles, a sack, caused fumble and recovered fumble in 18 snaps against Florida State on Nov. 11.
2016: Produced 22 tackles in 102 snaps (15 games) … contributed seven of his tackles on special teams … posted four tackles and a sack in his first game as a Tiger at Auburn … two of his four stops were on special teams … registered 1.5 tackles for loss in win over SC State … notched three tackles in 10 snaps against Boston College … had two tackles in 21 snaps against Syracuse … showed his range with outstanding pass breakup in the redzone against Wake Forest … had four stops in 12 plays against South Carolina … posted an assisted tackle on special teams coverage against Alabama.
Before Clemson: No. 89 player in the nation and No. 2 linebacker, and No. 9 player in Georgia by ESPN … No. 16 overall player and No. 2 linebacker in the nation and No. 4 player in Georgia by Rivals … No. 37 player by and No. 2 linebacker in the nation and No. 6 in Georgia by 247 Sports … No. 48 player in the nation by Max Preps … also rated as No 80 overall player in the nation by Tom Lemming … Under Armour All-American … named Defensive Player of the Year in state of Georgia by the Atlanta Constitution … Region Player of the Year as well … had 156 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, including 10 sacks, three passes broken up, one blocked kick, one interception and one touchdown as a senior at Roswell High in 2015, helping his team to a 14-0 record before losing in the state championship game … so his high school team had same record as Clemson in 2015 … had nine tackles and a sack in state championship game … started his senior year strong with 18 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries in the season opener … had 76 tackles in first five games of the 2015 season … had 78 tackles, 19 for losses, including one for a safety as a junior … had 67 tackles, four sacks, 25 tackles for loss and 8 pass break-ups in 2013 … named to Super 11 Team in 2015 by the Atlanta Constitution, first player from Roswell High to be named … recruited by Brent Venables and Tony Elliott … chose Clemson over Alabama and Auburn … played his high school football for John Ford, a Clemson graduate.
Personal: His uncle, Anthony Butts, played for Mississippi State and in the NFL … majoring in pre-business.