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#34 Kendall Joseph

BIO

Team leader who completed his Clemson career with 306 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, 39 quarterback pressures, two interceptions for 37 yards, four pass breakups, four caused fumbles and a recovered fumble in 2,410 snaps over 48 games (40 starts) … earned team awards for dependability and unselfishness in addition to being an NSCA Strength All-America nominee … entered 2018 ranked as the No. 57 player in the nation in the preseason by Sports Illustrated and No. 99 player by NFL.com.

2018: Third-team All-ACC … All-ACC Academic selection … voted as a permanent team captain … credited with 84 tackles (5.0 for loss), 4.0 sacks and two pass breakups in 738 snaps over 14 games (all starts) … earned ACC Honor Roll selection … posted two tackles in season opener against Furman … added six tackles and a sack at Texas A&M … posted three tackles vs. Georgia Southern … missed the Georgia Tech game with an injury but returned to lead Clemson with 12 tackles in a comeback win vs. Syracuse … contributed five tackles at Wake Forest … collected six tackles vs. No. 16 NC State … led Tigers with six tackles and split a tackle for loss at Florida State … recorded a game-high 10 tackles, including 2.0 for loss with 1.5 sacks, in collecting co-defensive player of the game honors vs. Louisville … notched 1.5 sacks for a second week in a row among his eight tackles at No. 17 Boston College … shared team defensive player of the week honors for his nine-tackle performance vs. Duke … contributed seven tackles vs. South Carolina … added four tackles against Pitt … contributed three tackles vs. No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl … made three tackles vs. No. 1 Alabama in National Championship Game.

2017: Third-Team All-ACC selection … third-team All-ACC by Phil Steele … had 87 tackles, five tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, 10 quarterback pressures, an interception for 37 yards, two pass breakups, two caused fumbles and a recovered fumble in 679 snaps over 12 games (11 starts) … ninth in the ACC in tackles per game … had a team-high eight tackles and a tackle for loss in 25 snaps against Kent State on Sept. 2; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had six tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 62 snaps against No. 13 Auburn on Sept. 9 … had two tackles and a pass breakup in 55 snaps at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16 … had a team-high nine tackles and tackle for loss in 54 snaps against Boston College on Sept. 23; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had 10 tackles, a tackle for loss and pass breakup in 59 snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30 … had eight tackles in 54 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 … had 12 tackles and a team-high four quarterback pressures in 87 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 13 … had seven tackles and a caused fumble in 56 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28 … had seven tackles in 70 snaps at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4 … had four tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 44 snaps at South Carolina on Nov. 25 … had a team-tying-high seven tackles and a 37-yard interception return in 46 snaps against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had a team-tying-high seven tackles, a tackle for loss, caused fumble and recovered fumble in 67 snaps against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game.

2016: Earned defense’s Most Improved Award … second-leading tackler with 124 stops over 15 games (15 starts) … tied for team lead with 13.5 tackles for loss, while adding 3.5 sacks and 16 quarterback pressures … posted team-high 14 tackles in win at Auburn to open the season, three were for loss … added a sack against the Tigers … named ACC Linebacker of the Week for his performance … posted seven tackles, including two for loss, and an interception in win over Troy … had a tackle for loss at Georgia Tech … tallied 11 tackles in 100 snaps against No. 3 Louisville … posted 10 stops in the road win at Boston College … leading tackler with 10 in overtime win over NC State … defensive player of the game by coaches following an 11-tackle, 1.5 sack effort at Wake Forest … led the way with 11 tackles in ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech … posted eight tackles, one for loss and a caused fumble in 31-0 shutout over Ohio State … notched nine stops, including 2.5 for loss, in National Championship Game against Alabama.

2015: Had 11 tackles in 63 snaps over seven games … also had four quarterback pressures … posted a tackle in 14 snaps in his first game against Wofford … played 20 snaps and contributed two tackles and three quarterback pressures at Miami … sat the Wake Forest game due to concussion suffered in practice … came up with a critical fourth-down stop on a running play in the Orange Bowl win over Oklahoma.

2014: Redshirted.

Before Clemson: Rated as the No. 18 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN … No. 17 player in South Carolina by 247Sports.com … Shrine Bowl selection … led Belton-Honea Path High School to an 11-2 record and the third round of state playoffs as a senior … had 118 tackles, three tackles for loss, two interceptions, a recovered fumble and blocked punt as a senior … had 205 yards and six touchdowns on 47 carries as a senior … had 139 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks as a junior … had 115 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, two sacks and one caused fumble as a sophomore … three-time state weightlifting champion; also played basketball and ran track … coached by Russell Blackston at Belton-Honea Path High School … recruited by Chad Morris.

Personal: Graduated Dec. 21, 2017 with a degree in health science and added a master’s degree in athletic leadership on May 9, 2019 … born Nov. 19, 1995.