Oct. 22, 2003
Leroy Hill, starting linebacker for Clemson, leads the nation in tackles for loss, according to the latest statistical rankings released by the NCAA. His 18 tackles for loss lead all players, as well as his 2.57 per game. He also ranks second in the nation in solo tackles per game (9.57).
Hill, a native of Haddock, GA, played his first two seasons at Clemson primarily as a special teams player. As a sophomore, he led the team by far with 21 special teams tackles. As a junior, he has started every game for the Tigers and has tallied at least two tackles for loss in each game this season. His 84 tackles leads Clemson and ranks third in the ACC, and he also leads the team with five sacks.
In the win over Virginia, Hill became one of just a handful of Clemson players to total four tackles for loss in the same game. His 18 stops behind the line of scrimmage already rank among the top 10 individual single-season bests in school history.
Hill is looking to become the fourth defensive player from Clemson to lead the nation in tackles for loss. William Perry became the first to achieve the feat when he averaged 2.45 per game as a senior in 1984. Rob Bodine, an All-American in 1991, led the nation that year with 27 tackles for loss. In 1999, sophomore linebacker Keith Adams led the nation and established a school record with 35 tackles for loss.
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