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Carson Donnelly - Football - Clemson University Athletics

#27  Carson Donnelly

Birmingham, Ala.
High School:
Briarwood Christian School

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Original walk-on and key special teamer who played 49 defensive snaps over 48 career games from 2018-22, finishing his career credited with 20 career tackles, a pass breakup and a blocked punt.

2022: Credited with seven tackles, a pass breakup and a blocked punt while playing 26 defensive snaps over 14 games … All-ACC Academic Team selection … had a tackle and a blocked punt at Georgia Tech, Clemson’s first fully blocked punt since 2015 (Tanner Muse tipped an eventual 29-yard punt in the national championship to end the 2016 season) … shared team special teams player of the game honors for that contest as Clemson produced two punt blocks in a game for the first time since 2007 … broke up a pass vs. Louisiana Tech … contributed three tackles at Boston College … recorded two tackles vs. No. 24 North Carolina … made one tackle in the Orange Bowl vs. No. 6 Tennessee.

2021: Recorded six tackles — including two special teams stops — and added a pass breakup over 13 games, including 17 defensive snaps … contributed on special teams vs. No. 5 Georgia … made one tackle vs. SC State … added a special teams tackle at Syracuse … recorded three tackles and a pass breakup vs. UConn … made a special teams stop at South Carolina.

2020: Made six tackles (including four on special teams) and played six defensive snaps in addition to contributing on special teams in all 12 games … contributed a special teams tackle at Wake Forest … added another special teams stop vs. The Citadel … played on special teams vs. Virginia and vs. No. 7 Miami … posted three tackles at Georgia Tech … added a special teams tackle vs. Boston College, sharing team special teams player of the game honors.

2019: Recorded a tackle while contributing primarily on special teams in eight games … made season debut on special teams vs. Georgia Tech … played on special teams vs. Charlotte, vs. Florida State, vs. Boston College, vs. Wofford, vs. Wake Forest and at South Carolina … made a tackle in ACC Championship Game vs. No. 22 Virginia.

2018: Made Clemson debut on special teams vs. Louisville in his lone appearance of his redshirt season.

Before Clemson: Helped Briarwood Christian School to a 12-2 record as a junior … had 62 tackles, five interceptions and eight pass breakups as a junior … had eight games with at least five tackles, including 13 tackles in the season opener, as a junior … had six career interceptions … coached by Fred Yancey at Briarwood Christian School.

Personal: His father, Chris, was a teammate of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney at Alabama … earned degree in marketing in May 2021 … earned his MBA in May 2023 … completed a microinternship with Cisco in spring 2022 … born June 28, 2000 … five-time ACC Honor Roll selection (2018-22).

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.