Aug. 11, 1999
Clemson defensive end Adrian Dingle became Clemson’s single season record holder for quarterback sacks when he had 1.5 against South Carolina in his final game as a Tiger. He broke the record formerly held by three former Tigers who were prominent in the NFL, William Perry, Michael Dean Perry and Jim Stuckey. All three played at least seven years in the NFL. Stuckey had 10 sacks in 1979, his senior year. William Perry equalled the record with 10 sacks in 1984, his senior year, while Michael Dean Perry had 10 sacks in 1987, also his senior season.
Dingle finished his career third in Clemson history in sacks with 23. Each of the top 10 quarterback sack leaders in Clemson history made it to the NFL. Dingle ranks sixth in Clemson history in career tackles for loss with 45. He passed Chester McGlockton (Kansas City Chiefs) on the all-time Clemson sack list and passed Levon Kirkland (Pittsburgh Steelers) on the all-time tackles for loss list in 1998.
Dingle battled a knee injury all year and had 47 tackles for the season. He also had a team best 27 quarterback pressures (including five at North Carolina and four at Duke), three fumble recoveries and two caused fumbles to go with his other defensive numbers.
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