Offensive tackle who enrolled in January 2015 … entered 2018 with 99.5 knockdowns in 2,885 snaps over 43 games (42 starts) in his career … entered the year sixth in Clemson history in snaps … three-time All-ACC selection … preseason first-team All-American by Athlon, Lindy’s and Sporting News … preseason second-team All-American by Phil Steele and Street & Smith’s … No. 37 player in the nation in the preseason by Sports Illustrated and No. 77 player by NFL.com … No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation in the preseason by Lindy’s … preseason first-team All-ACC by Athlon, Lindy’s, Phil Steele and Street & Smith’s.
2018: Outland Trophy semifinalist … consensus first-team All-American, earning selections by AFCA, AP, FWAA and Walter Camp … joined Harry Olszewski (1967), Stacy Long (1990), guard Jeb Flesch (1991) and Stacy Seegars (1993) to become the fifth consensus All-America offensive lineman in school history … second-team All-America selection by Sporting News … ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner, becoming the first Clemson player ever to earn the honor multiple times … first-team All-ACC … unanimous first-team AP All-ACC selection … named Outland Trophy Player of the Month in October … played a team-high 869 snaps over 15 games (all starts) …voted as a permanent team captain … played 49 snaps in helping the offense gain 531 yards of offense vs. Furman … played 60 snaps and helped the offense gain 413 yards in a start at Texas A&M, earning ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors … in 52 snaps, helped the offense gain 286 rushing yards and 309 passing yards in a start vs. Georgia Southern … helped Clemson once again eclipse 200 yards both rushing and passing in a start at Georgia Tech, appearing in 49 snaps … played 85 snaps in a start in a comeback win vs. Syracuse, helping power the Tigers on a 13-play, 94-yard game-winning drive … earned his sixth career ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week selection for his performance, the most of any lineman in school history … played 52 snaps in helping Clemson accrue 698 yards and a school-record 11.8 yards per carry at Wake Forest, resulting in the entire offensive line earning team offensive player of the game honors … Played his 50th career game vs. NC State, playing 55 snaps and collecting ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors in helping Clemson accrue 471 yards of offense against No. 16 NC State … played 56 snaps in helping hand Florida State its worst home loss in program history … played 33 snaps in helping Clemson set school records in yards per play (11.6) and yards per carry (13.3) vs. Louisville, resulting in the offensive line’s second collective selection as offensive player of the game … became Clemson’s all-time leader in career snaps from scrimmage with his 19th snap against Louisville, breaking center Dalton Freeman’s school record (3,361) … played 40 snaps in Clemson’s Atlantic Division-clinching win at No. 17 Boston College … played 64 snaps as Clemson eclipsed 200 passing yards and 200 rushing yards vs. Duke … played 89 snaps vs. South Carolina in helping guide Clemson to 744 total yards, the third-highest total in school history … played 51 snaps in ACC Championship Game against Pitt … played 68 snaps as Clemson passed for 327 yards and rushed for 211 yards vs. No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl … played 62 snaps in National Championship Game victory against No. 1 Alabama … earned an All-Bowl selection from Rivals for his performances against Notre Dame and Alabama.
2017: First-team All-American by ESPN and Sporting News … second-team All-American by AFCA, The All-American, AP, College Football News, Football Writers Association, Rivals, Sports on Earth, USA Today and Walter Camp … winner of the ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy, Clemson’s first recipient since 1987 … First-Team All-ACC selection … first-team All-ACC by AP and Phil Steele … had 30 knockdowns in 842 snaps over 13 games (13 starts) … played 37 snaps against Kent State on Sept. 2 … had two knockdowns in playing all 69 snaps against No. 13 Auburn on Sept. 9 … had two knockdowns in 66 snaps at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16 … had two knockdowns in 66 snaps against Boston College on Sept. 23; named team co-offensive player-of-the-game … had a knockdown in 63 snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30 … had two knockdowns in 71 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7; named team offensive player-of-the-game … had a team-high three knockdowns in playing all 59 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 13; named team offensive player-of-the-game … had a team-tying-high four knockdowns in 65 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28; named ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week … had a team-tying-high three knockdowns in 80 snaps at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4; named ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week; named team co-offensive player-of-the-game … had a knockdown in 68 snaps against Florida State on Nov. 11 … had five knockdowns in 68 snaps at South Carolina on Nov. 25; named Co-ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week … had a team-high three knockdowns in 60 snaps against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2 … had two knockdowns in playing all 70 snaps against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.
2016: Tied for second on the team with 32.5 knockdown blocks in 994 snaps (14 starts) … first-team All-ACC (media) … second-team All-ACC (coaches) … opened strong with a 90 percent effort at Auburn, and played all 81 snaps of the win … graded 89 percent in win over Troy, with three knockdowns … graded 93 percent in just 30 snaps against SC State … tied for team high with three knockdowns versus Georgia Tech … had two knockdowns in 66 snaps against No. 3 Louisville … posted 93 percent grade and played 46 snaps in win at Boston College … graded over 90 percent and named offensive player of the game by coaches in the overtime triumph against NC State … graded 92 percent, best on the team, in win over Syracuse … played just two snaps against Pittsburgh before suffering a foot injury … started next time out at Wake Forest and graded 91 percent in 69 snaps … graded 91 percent and contributed team-high four knockdown blocks against South Carolina in 64 snaps … had three knockdowns in win over Virginia Tech … posted two knockdowns and 87 percent grade versus Ohio State … punctuated sophomore season with 90 percent grade and three knockdowns in National Championship Game against Alabama.
2015: First-team freshman All-American by Sporting News and USA Today … third-team All-ACC (media, coaches) … second on the team with 37 knockdown blocks in 15 starts (1,049 snaps) … first first-year freshman to start his first game on the offensive line since James Farr in 1980 … first first-year freshman to start an opener at offensive tackle since 1944 (Phil Prince) … had three or more knockdowns in seven games … graded 92 percent in his first career game against Wofford … posted three knockdowns and an 85 percent mark in the win over Appalachian State … graded 87 percent and took part in every snap of the road win at Louisville … added three knockdowns versus the Cards … played all 65 snaps in win over Notre Dame, while grading 86 percent … named co-offensive player-of-the-game by the coaches … logged 54 snaps with three knockdowns against Georgia Tech … graded 85 percent with two knockdowns in 66 snaps in win over Boston College … team-best 91 percent grade at Miami in 53 snaps … had three knockdowns and was a big reason the Tigers rushed for 416 yards versus the ‘Canes … helped Clemson to 623 yards of total offense at NC State and graded 90 percent against the Wolfpack … earned 93 percent mark on film in playing every snap against Florida State, while earning ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for the first time … first first-year freshman to earn ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week honors in school history … posted team high 90 percent grade and three knockdowns against Wake Forest … played 62 snaps and graded 91 percent at South Carolina … graded 88 percent in the Capital One Orange Bowl, where he collected four knockdown blocks against Oklahoma … great performance in the National Championship Game against a talented Alabama defense with three knockdowns and 91 percent grade.
Before Clemson: Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … first-team All-American by MaxPreps.com, Parade and USA Today as a senior … first-team All-American by MaxPreps.com as a junior … No. 8 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com … No. 22 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports.com (sixth-best signee entering the ACC) … No. 16 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 2 player in Georgia by ESPN … No. 16 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 3 player in Georgia by Rivals.com … participated in The Opening … coached by Bob Sphire … recruited by Tony Elliott.
Personal: His uncle, Dan Benish, was an All-ACC defensive tackle and a starter on Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team … majoring in financial management … born Feb. 6, 1997.