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#13 Tyler Davis

Tyler Davis - Football - Clemson University Athletics
Apopka, Fla.
High School:
Wekiva HS

2022 All-American who is also a three-time All-ACC selection, including back-to-back first-team honors in 2021 and 2022 … enters 2023 tied with Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence and William Perry (three each) for the most career All-ACC selections by a defensive tackle in Clemson history, company befitting a player nicknamed “Baby Dex” by Dabo Swinney and “Mini Fridge” by former teammate K.J. Henry … made an immediate impact at Clemson, earning the starting role in his first career game as a true freshman in 2019 and becoming a key interior piece for Clemson’s defense ever since … credited with 122 tackles (26.0 for loss), 15.5 sacks, four pass breakups and three fumble recoveries in 1,551 snaps over 43 games (39 starts).

2022: Voted by his teammates as a permanent team captain … earned second-team All-America honors from the FWAA and Phil Steele … Bednarik Award semifinalist … first-team All-ACC selection … also garnered first-team All-ACC honors from the AP and Phil Steele … second-team All-ACC selection by Pro Football Focus … started 11 of the 12 games in which he appeared, finishing credited with 27 tackles (9.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery in 495 snaps … finished second on the team with 15 quarterback pressures, as credited by the team’s coaching staff … recorded two tackles at Georgia Tech … after missing two games, contributed six tackles (2.5 for loss) with 1.5 sacks at No. 21 Wake Forest to earn team defensive player of the game … had a half-sack among his two tackles (1.5 for loss) vs. No. 10 NC State, sharing team defensive player of the game honors … credited two tackles (0.5 for loss) and five quarterback hurries at Boston College … added one tackle at Florida State … notched a career-high 2.0 sacks amid his four tackles (2.5 for loss) vs. No. 14 Syracuse … had a tackle and a pass breakup at Notre Dame … contributed two tackles vs. Louisville … added two tackles vs. South Carolina … collected two tackles (1.5 for loss) with a half-sack vs. No. 24 North Carolina … posted three tackles with a sack in the Orange Bowl vs. No. 6 Tennessee.

2021: First-team All-ACC selection despite battling injuries during the season … also collected second-team All-ACC honors from the Associated Press … credited with 27 tackles (2.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery over 321 snaps in nine games (eight starts) … Clemson was 8-0 in games he started and 2-3 in games in which he did not play (Georgia, NC State, Boston College and Syracuse) or was limited to playing on a snap count in a reserve role (Pitt) … made season debut with one tackle vs. SC State … credited with seven tackles vs. Georgia Tech … missed three games with a torn bicep but returned at No. 23 Pitt, making three tackles … notched a half-sack among his four tackles vs. Florida State … made one tackle at Louisville … had a nine-yard sack among his two tackles vs. UConn … contributed three tackles (one for loss) with a sack and a fumble recovery vs. No. 13 Wake Forest … made three tackles at South Carolina … added three tackles in season finale vs. Iowa State.

2020: Credited with 17 tackles (5.0 for loss), 2.0 sacks and a pass breakup in 196 snaps over seven games (all starts) while battling injury for much of the season … recorded two tackles at Wake Forest … unavailable vs. The Citadel … held out as a precaution vs. Virginia … returned to action vs. No. 7 Miami and added two tackles … made two tackles (both for loss) including a sack at Georgia Tech, sharing team defensive player of the game honors … returned to action vs. Pitt after missing three games, recording a sack among his two tackles and adding a pass breakup … added two tackles at Virginia Tech … notched four tackles (two for loss) in ACC Championship Game vs. No. 2 Notre Dame … contributed three tackles vs. No. 3 Ohio State in Sugar Bowl.

2019: Second-team All-ACC selection … credited with 51 tackles (9.0 for loss), 5.5 sacks, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in 539 snaps over 15 games (13 starts) … his 13 starts were the most by a true freshman defensive lineman in school history … led all true freshmen interior linemen in the country in sacks … became the first true freshman defensive tackle to start a season opener for Clemson since Jeff Mills in 1974 … posted five tackles including a half-sack in the opener vs. Georgia Tech, sharing team defensive player of the week honors … contributed two tackles vs. No. 12 Texas A&M … posted three tackles including the first full sack of his career at Syracuse … added three tackles vs. Charlotte … recorded two tackles including a sack at North Carolina … added two tackles (1.5 for loss) and a half-sack vs. Florida State … posted seven tackles (0.5 for loss) at Louisville … made four tackles (one for loss) vs. Boston College … registered three tackles vs. Wofford … recorded a tackle, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery at NC State, sharing team defensive player of the game honors … credited with four tackles and a pass breakup vs. Wake Forest … contributed a tackle at South Carolina … registered five tackles, including 1.5 sacks, vs. No. 22 Virginia in the ACC Championship Game … added four tackles (one for loss) vs. No. 2 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl … recorded a sack among his three tackles vs. No. 1 LSU.

Before Clemson: Rated as No. 60 overall player in the nation by ESPN and No. 74 by Tom Lemming … unanimous four-star player … ESPN listed him as No. 7 defensive tackle in the nation and seventh-best overall player in Florida … listed him as 18th-best defensive tackle in the nation … national top 300 player according to 247Sports, where he ranked as the No. 218 player in the nation as well as the 12th-best defensive tackle in the nation and 24th-best player in Florida … had 34 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and six sacks in 2018 … had best game against West Orange when he had eight tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks … had an interception in 2018 as well … helped team to 11-2 record and a top 10 ranking in the state of Florida … played his high school football at Wekiva High School for Rich Bedesem … Clemson recruiter was Todd Bates … did not commit to the Tigers until signing day, Dec. 19, 2018 … enrolled at Clemson in January 2019.

Personal: Born Nov. 1, 2000 … earned degree in management in December 2022.

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.