#59 Gage Cervenka

Greenwood, S.C.
High School:
Emerald HS

Redshirted as a defensive tackle before switching to offensive line in August 2016 … served as the backup center during the entire 2017 season before earning a starting role at guard (and one spot start at center) in 2018 … enters 2019 having played 711 snaps over 31 career games (eight starts) … one of the strongest members of the team, tying the program position record for bench press reps at 225 pounds (43). 

2018: Played 549 snaps over 15 games with eight combined starts at center and right guard … played 22 snaps in season opener vs. Furman … played one snap at Texas A&M … played 34 snaps vs. Georgia Southern … played 17 snaps at Georgia Tech … Saw significant action in reserve in a comeback win vs. Syracuse, appearing in 57 snaps and helping the offense engineer a 13-play, 94-yard game-winning drive … played 24 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 27 snaps in helping Clemson accrue 471 yards of offense against No. 16 NC State … made his first career start at center at Florida State, earning team offensive player of the game honors after playing 56 snaps in helping Clemson hand the Seminoles their worst home loss in program history … played 32 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 … played 50 snaps in Clemson’s Atlantic Division-clinching win at No. 17 Boston College … played 51 snaps as Clemson eclipsed 200 passing yards and 200 rushing yards vs. Duke … played 62 snaps vs. South Carolina in helping guide Clemson to 744 total yards, the third-highest total in school history … played 33 snaps in ACC Championship Game win against Pitt … played 46 snaps as Clemson passed for 327 yards and rushed for 211 yards vs. No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl … played 36 snaps in a National Championship Game victory against No. 1 Alabama.

2017: Had a knockdown in 101 snaps over 10 games … played 16 snaps against Kent State on Sept. 2 … played seven snaps at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16 … played four snaps against Boston College on Sept. 23 … played two snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30 … played nine snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 … played five snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28 … played three snaps against Florida State on Nov. 11 … played 32 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 18 … had a knockdown in seven snaps at South Carolina on Nov. 25 … played 16 snaps against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2.

2016: Logged 61 snaps in six games … made collegiate debut against SC State, posting an 86 percent grade in 21 snaps … logged nine snaps at Boston College … saw six snaps of action in win over Syracuse … played a couple of snaps at Wake Forest … logged 15 snaps against South Carolina and graded 87 percent … saw eight snaps in the Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State.

2015: Redshirted.

Before Clemson: Rated among the top-15 players in South Carolina by all services … No. 26 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 8 player in South Carolina by ESPN … No. 12 player in South Carolina by … No. 12 player in South Carolina by … No. 14 player in South Carolina by … led Emerald High School to a 10-4 record and the state playoffs as a senior … had 100 tackles and 28 tackles for loss as a junior … first-team all-state … one of the top wrestlers in the state who was a four-time state champion … lost only one wrestling match (199-1) … only loss was freshman year … only four-time state heavyweight champion in South Carolina history … coached by Tim McMahon … recruited by Dan Brooks and Mike Reed.

Personal: Earned degree in justice studies in December 2018 … born June 22, 1997.