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#44  Nyles Pinckney

Beaufort, S.C.
High School:
Whale Branch Early College HS

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Senior captain who exited Clemson credited with 98 tackles (13.5 for loss), 3.0 sacks, a sack, a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries in 1,125 defensive snaps over 55 career games (15 starts) from 2017-20 after redshirting in 2016 … also played two offensive snaps, scoring on a one-yard touchdown run in 2020 … before completing his bonus year of eligibility elsewhere, was part of a Clemson senior class that was the first in school history to go undefeated at Death Valley in a four-year span (27-0 from 2017-20). 

2020: Voted as a permanent team captain … credited with 27 tackles (3.0 for loss), a sack and a fumble recovery in 268 defensive snaps over 12 games (two starts) … also had a rushing touchdown on one of his two offensive snaps in Clemson’s jumbo package … added three tackles at Wake Forest … posted three tackles (one for loss) vs. The Citadel … recorded one tackle vs. Virginia … registered two tackles including a six-yard sack vs. No. 7 Miami … recorded two tackles and scored on a one-yard touchdown run at Georgia Tech … added three tackles vs. Syracuse … posted three tackles vs. Boston College … split a tackle for loss among his three tackles at No. 4 Notre Dame … contributed three tackles vs. Pitt … recorded one tackle and a fumble recovery at Virginia Tech … added three tackles vs. No. 3 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.

2019: Third-team All-ACC selection … credited with 27 tackles (4.0 for loss), one sack and a fumble recovery in 367 snaps over 14 games (13 starts) … posted a sack vs. Georgia Tech … added three tackles vs. No. 12 Texas A&M … contributed two tackles at Syracuse … made one tackle vs. Charlotte and at North Carolina … posted seven tackles (1.5 for loss) and recovered a fumble in midair at Louisville, sharing team defensive player of the game honors … added two tackles (0.5 for loss) vs. Boston College … recorded three tackles for loss (0.5 for loss) vs. Wofford … posted two tackles at NC State … made four tackles vs. Wake Forest … contributed a tackle at South Carolina.

2018: Credited with 26 tackles (4.5 for loss), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 316 snaps over 15 games … opened season with two tackles vs. Furman … recorded four tackles, including one for loss, and a fumble recovery vs. Georgia Southern … collected six tackles, including one for loss, at Georgia Tech … added three tackles each vs. Syracuse and at Wake Forest … contributed three tackles at Florida State … made one tackle in three straight home games vs. Louisville, vs. Duke and vs. South Carolina … added two tackles, including one for loss on a fake field goal attempt, vs. No. 1 Alabama in the National Championship Game.

2017: Had 18 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and quarterback pressure in 174 snaps over 14 games … had a sack in 13 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 … had four tackles in 28 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28 … had five tackles and a tackle for loss in 25 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 18.

2016: Redshirted.

Before Clemson: Rated as high as the No. 79 prospect in the nation by Tom Lemming … rated as No. 196 prospect in the nation and the No. 2 overall prospect in South Carolina by Rivals … rated No. 261 in the nation and No. 4 player in South Carolina by ESPN … had outstanding senior year with 72 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, four sacks, six caused fumbles, three recovered fumbles, two blocked punts and two defensive touchdowns in 2015 … named the Beaufort Gazette’s All-Area Defensive Player of the Year … had 98 tackles, 27 for loss, nine sacks, blocked three field goals, 10 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries as a junior … had 91 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a sophomore … narrowed his college choice to Clemson and South Carolina … played his high school football for Jerry Hatcher at Whale Branch High School … recruited by Tony Elliott and Dan Brooks.

Personal: Born June 5, 1998 … earned degree in criminal justice in May 2019 and added a degree in sociology in May 2020.