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#1 Andrew Mukuba

Andrew Mukuba - Football - Clemson University Athletics
Austin, Texas
High School:
LBJ Early College HS

Entered 2023 credited with 104 tackles (2.5 for loss), a sack, 13 pass breakups, an interception and a fumble recovery in 1,156 snaps over 25 games (21 starts) … Texas native who made an immediate impact in 2021, earning Freshman All-American honors from nearly every outlet … became the first true freshman defensive back to start a season opener for Clemson since the NCAA instituted permanent freshman eligibility in 1972 … started more games (10) in the defensive backfield in 2021 than any Clemson true freshman in the modern era.

2023: Recorded six tackles (0.5 for loss), a pass breakup and a fumble recovery at Duke … returned from injury against No. 4 Florida State, adding two tackles and a pass breakup.

2022: Credited with 50 tackles (0.5 for loss), four pass breakups and an interception in 580 defensive snaps over 12 games (11 starts) … made four tackles at Georgia Tech and recorded his first career interception on Clemson’s first play of the season from scrimmage … added three tackles vs. Furman … started at cornerback — his first at that position — vs. No. 10 NC State, adding three-first half tackles … contributed four tackles (including half a tackle for loss) and a pass breakup at Boston College … credited with eight tackles at Florida State … added two tackles and a pass breakup vs. No. 14 Syracuse … recorded seven tackles and a pass breakup at Notre Dame … collected five tackles and a pass breakup vs. Louisville … collected three tackles vs. Miami (Fla.) … had a touchdown-saving tackle vs. South Carolina that led to an R.J. Mickens end zone interception … collected three tackles vs. No. 24 North Carolina … made eight tackles in the Orange Bowl vs. No. 6 Tennessee.

2021: Freshman All-American selection by the Maxwell Football Club, FWAA, 247Sports, The Athletic, PFF and On3 Sports … earned ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, making Clemson the first school to produce back-to-back winners of the award after Bryan Bresee secured the honor a year earlier … third-team All-ACC selection … also earned second-team All-ACC honors from PFF … Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year semifinalist … played 576 snaps over 13 games (10 starts), collecting 54 tackles (two for loss), a sack, nine pass breakups and a fumble recovery … credited by the Clemson coaching staff with nine pass breakups, tying the Clemson single-season true-freshman record shared by Robert O’Neal (1989) and Justin Miller (2002) … became the first Clemson defensive back to start at least 10 games as a freshman since cornerback Mackenzie Alexander started 13 games as a redshirt freshman, and his 10 starts were the most by a true freshman defensive back in the two-platoon era … started in his collegiate debut vs. No. 5 Georgia, contributing eight tackles and a pass breakup … became the first true freshman defensive back to start a season opener for Clemson in records back to 1973 … added a pass breakup vs. SC State … credited with two tackles and two pass breakups vs. Georgia Tech … recorded his first game with double-digit tackles at NC State, posting 11 tackles (one for loss) … contributed two tackles vs. Boston College … added five tackles and a pass breakup at Syracuse … made two tackles at No. 23 Pitt … recorded three tackles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery vs. Florida State … notched his first career sack among his three tackles at Louisville … made four tackles vs. UConn … added nine tackles and credited by coaches with a career-high three pass breakups vs. No. 13 Wake Forest … made three tackles at South Carolina … recorded two tackles vs. Iowa State and had a key lead block on Mario Goodrich’s interception return touchdown.

Before Clemson: Ranked as No. 152 overall player in the nation by, which also ranked him as the fifth-best safety in the nation … ranked No. 205 and as the 14th-best safety by 247Sports … four-star player according to and 247Sports … PrepStar Top 350 All-American who ranked as the nation’s No. 160 overall prospect and the ninth-best safety according to that service … won District Offensive Player of the Year as a senior … had 27 receptions for 427 yards and six scores … added 20 carries for 173 yards and two scores … on defense, had 60 tackles, six interceptions and four caused fumbles … in the state quarterfinals he had two interceptions on defense and also scored on a diving 19-yard catch on offense … District 12-5A Newcomer of the Year in Texas in 2019 … had 32 receptions for 635 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense … added 80 tackles, five interceptions and three forced fumbles on defense … had two touchdowns on kick returns as well … All-State as a receiver that year … committed to Clemson on Sept. 1, 2020 … recruited by Mickey Conn and Brent Venables … called by Dabo Swinney as Clemson’s first “COVID commit,” as he wasn’t able to meet Clemson’s staff in-person until he enrolled in January by virtue of 2020 pandemic recruiting restrictions … played for Jahmal Fenner at Lyndon B. Johnson High School.

Personal: Criminal justice major … enrolled at Clemson in January 2021 … born Dec. 7, 2002 in Zimbabwe and immigrated to America at nine years old.

Note: Tackle stats in the bio above reflect statistics from coaches film review. Tackle stats in the table below reflect those as awarded by gameday stat crews.