02/18/19 - (ILB) - *Tre Lamar, Jr, 6-2, 255 Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: Second Day (Future) Starter: Tre Lamar, Clemson,...Sensational freshman signal-caller Trevor Lawrence and a dominant defensive line earned much of the attention for Clemson's second national title over the past three seasons but don't discount the impact their quarterback on defense - Lamar- had on the Tigers' title run. Starting every game for the first time in his three seasons at Clemson, Lamar emerged as one of the top linebackers in the entire country, being named a finalist for the Dick Butkus Award and earning Second Team All-ACC honors with 79 tackles, including 5.5 for loss and three sacks, along with an interception he returned 43 yards. Listed at 6-4, 255 pounds by Clemson, Lamar is bigger than some of this year's top defensive linemen and a classic inside run-stuffing thumper well-suited to a traditional 3-4 scheme. Like the New England Patriots' similarly-built Donta Hightower (6-3, 260), Lamar offers a rare combination of size and speed, offering all sorts of options for a creative defensive play-caller. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/16/19 - (DT) - *Dexter Lawrence, Jr, 6-3, 350 As Clemson continues its investigation into how three football players tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug before the Dec. 29 Cotton Bowl, Dexter Lawrence is looking on with particular interest. Perhaps no one has more invested in the answer to that question than Lawrence, the Tigers' former star defensive tackle and one of the three players who tested positive for ostarine, a banned PED. Lawrence, who was suspended for both the Cotton Bowl and the national championship win over Alabama, is projected as a first-round draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The 6-4, 350-pounder knows he'll face questions about the failed drug test at the NFL Combine, which starts Feb. 26.
"I do want to know how it got in my system and where it came from," Lawrence said Saturday before an appearance at the Fan Zone in North Charleston. "But right now, they are still doing their research to see where exactly it came from, and they don't know where right now." Clemson coach Dabo Swinney acknowledged last week that the banned drug could have been given to the players by the school itself, by mistake. Lawrence said his plan for questions about PEDs from NFL teams at the combine is simple. "Just tell the truth," he said. "That's all I can do. It was heartbreaking when I heard about it, but it's just life. You've got to be tested sometimes just to bring out your character, and that's how I'm going about it." - Charleston Post Courier
02/15/19 - (RB) - Lyn-J Dixon, Fr, 5-09, 195 Lyn-J Dixon arrived at Clemson in the summer of 2018 with plenty of talented running backs in front of him, including Travis Etienne and Tavien Feaster. But the Georgia native wasn't content with sitting on the bench for most of his freshman season and waiting for opportunities to come in 2019 and beyond. Dixon made it his goal to help the Tigers as a true freshman in 2018, and the speedy back did just that, rushing for 547 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games as Clemson won its second national title in three years. Dixon finished third on Clemson's team in rushing with 547 yards, one yard less than senior Adam Choice, and he led the Tigers in yards per carry at 8.8. Etienne, who finished seventh in Heisman trophy voting, averaged 8.1 yards per carry. "I wanted to come in and make a big impact and I feel like I did that," Dixon told The State last month. "We all bought in to what coach (Tony Elliott) said. We all put in the work at practice and showed it on the field each and every game." - The State
02/06/19 - (DT) - Jordan Williams, rFr, 6-3, 310 Clemson will be without defensive tackles Nyles Pinckney and Jordan Williams for spring practice due to injuries. Pinckney had surgery on his pectoral muscle since Clemson's national championship victory last month. Williams hurt his leg while playing intramural basketball and will need a screw put in, coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday. Both Pinckney and Williams, who were backups this year to All-American Christian Wilkins and all-Atlantic Coast Conference player Dexter Lawrence, are expected to start this season. Wilkins was a senior this past season while Lawrence, a junior, chose to enter the NFL draft. Pinckney is a 6-foot-1, 300 pound junior who played in 15 games last season while Williams is a 6-4, 310 pound sophomore who played in 12 games. Swinney said both will be ready for summer workouts. - AP College Football
01/11/19 - (DE) - *Clelin Ferrell, rJr, 6-4, 265 Clemson's national championship front four is off to the NFL. All-American defensive end Clelin Ferrell made it a clean sweep of top-round prospects, joining All-American tackle Christian Wilkins, tackle Dexter Lawrence and end Austin Bryant in heading to the draft. Ferrell, Wilkins and Bryant all passed on the pros last season for a final year in college. And the group made it count with a 15-0 season and a 44-16 beatdown of Alabama in the national title game Monday night. Wilkins and Bryant were seniors this year while the suspended Lawrence, who missed Clemson's two College Football Playoff games after testing positive for a banned substance, declared his intention to leave Wednesday.
Ferrell is a 6-foot-4, 265-pound defender who is generally considered a top-10 NFL prospect and the first Tiger expected to be taken next spring. Ferrell said Monday night when asked about his future how difficult it would be to leave Clemson, where he has helped the team win two national crowns in the past three seasons. "Understand how hard it is for write a letter like this," Ferrell said in announcing his choice. "Because it means the coming to an end of a truly life-changing experience." Clemson will have to replace at least seven starters on defense next season. Along with its four linemen, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and linebacker Tre Lamar gave up their final college season to turn pro. Linebacker Kendall Joseph was a senior starter. The group helped Clemson lead the country in sacks and was dominant up front in the Tigers' win over Alabama. - AP College Football
01/09/19 - (DT) - *Dexter Lawrence, Jr, 6-3, 350 Suspended Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is headed to the NFL. Lawrence is the 350-pound, 6-foot-4 lineman who missed the Tigers' College Football Playoff games after he and two teammates tested positive for the banned substance ostarine. Lawrence attended both games and celebrated with teammates Monday night after a 44-16 victory over Alabama in the national championship game. Lawrence announced his decision on Twitter Wednesday. He was a three-year starter and is considered a first-round NFL pick in next spring's draft. He is the third Clemson starter on defense to give up his eligibility to go pro. Earlier, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and linebacker Tre Lamar said they would enter the NFL draft. Mullen was the defensive MVP of the championship game. - AP College Football
01/09/19 - (ILB) - *Tre Lamar, Jr, 6-2, 255 Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen is headed to the NFL draft. Mullen and fellow Tigers starter linebacker Tre Lamar announced their intentions Wednesday to forego their senior seasons to turn pro. The two are the first of what's expected to be several defensive starters who will leave the school for the NFL draft. Lamar is a 6-4, 255-pound junior who was third on Clemson with 80 tackles. Several other Clemson players, including defensive end Clelin Ferrell and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, have not announced whether they will turn pro. Players have until Monday to decide. - AP College Football
01/09/19 - (CB) - *Trayvon Mullen, Jr, 6-1, 195 Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen and linebacker Tre Lamar are going out on top. The two defensive stars announced Wednesday afternoon that they are turning pro after their junior seasons and entering the NFL draft. Mullen was named the Defensive MVP of the national title game after he recorded an interception and a sack in Clemson's 44-16 victory against Alabama. He finished his junior season with 36 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception. He also had three pass breakups and forced a fumble. "I want to thank the Clemson family for the experience I've gained and the opportunity to play on this team for the past three years. This school and program have helped me become a better person on and off the field," Mullen said as part of a statement. "It was a tough decision, but I left it in God's hands. I am ready to move on to the next chapter in life. I have decided to forgo my senior year and declare for the NFL draft." - Matt Connolly, The State
01/08/19 - (RB) - Travis Etienne, So, 5-10, 200 Clemson finished No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for the third time after routing Alabama in the national championship game. The Tigers received all 61 first-place votes. The Crimson Tide, which was trying to become just the third team to go wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country, finished second. Clemson beat Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff national championship Monday night. Clemson also finished No. 1 in 2016 and 1981. The Tide did extend its streak of top-five appearances to 54 weeks, one short of Miami's record set from Oct. 8, 2000-Oct. 26, 2003. Ohio State finished third. Oklahoma, which lost to Alabama in the Orange Bowl semifinal, was fourth. Notre Dame, which lost to Clemson in the Cotton Bowl semifinal, was fifth. LSU was sixth and Southeastern Conference rivals Florida and Georgia were tied for seventh. Texas was ninth, its best final ranking since 2009 when the Longhorns finished second after losing to Alabama in the BCS championship game. - AP College Football
01/08/19 - (QB) - Trevor Lawrence, Fr, 6-5, 215 Trevor Lawrence passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns and No. 2 Clemson rolled No. 1 Alabama 44-16 on Monday night in the College Football Playoff national championship game. In the fourth consecutive playoff meeting between the Tigers and Tide, Clemson evened the series and beat 'Bama for the national title for the second time in three seasons. Clemson is the first team in the AP poll era, dating back to 1936, to finish 15-0. Coach Nick Saban and the Tide (14-1) were looking for a sixth national championship in 10 years, trying to add to an already unprecedented run in the sport. Instead, Clemson crushed Alabama, becoming the first opponent to beat the Tide by more than 14 points since Saban became coach in 2007. - AP College Football
12/05/18 - (DT) - Christian Wilkins, Sr, 6-3, 315 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy Award Winner: Clemson star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins won the William V. Campbell Trophy on Tuesday night, an award honoring college football's top scholar-athlete. Wilkins earned a degree in communications last year, becoming the first scholarship football player from Clemson to graduate in 2½ years. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in athletic leadership. He received an $18,000 in postgraduate scholarship by being one of 13 finalists and an additional $7,000 in scholarship money for winning the Campbell Trophy.
The other finalists were Army linebacker Kenneth Brinson; South Dakota State quarterback Taryn Christion; Grambling State linebacker De'Arius Christmas; Wisconsin safety D'Cota Dixon; North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley; St. Francis, Indiana, linebacker Piercen Harnish; Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley; Kansas State tackle Dalton Risner; Northern Illinois tackle Max Scharping; Wheaten linebacker Eric Stevenson; North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick; and Notre Dame linebacker Drue Tranquill. - AP College Football
12/05/18 - (WR) - Hunter Renfrow, rSr, 5-10, 175 2018 BURLSWORTH TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow has won the Burlsworth Trophy, which goes to the top college football who began his career as a walk-on. Renfrow was chosen over finalists California running back Patrick Laird and Wyoming safety Marcus Epps. Renfrow has been a key contributor on four Clemson teams that have made the College Football Playoff. This season he has 41 receptions for 472 yards and a touchdown. In four seasons, Renfrow has 180 receptions for 2,061 yards and 15 touchdowns. The trophy is named in honor of former Arkansas offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who went from walk-on to All-American and was selected with the 63rd overall pick in the NFL draft by the Colts in 1999. Burlsworth was killed in a car accident 11 days after being drafted. - AP College Football
11/27/18 - (OT) - Mitch Hyatt, Sr, 6-5, 310 2018 JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Clemson senior offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt has been voted the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the second consecutive year, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Sunday. The Jacobs Blocking Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953 to the player selected the most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a poll of the league's head coaches and defensive coordinators. Hyatt becomes 13th repeat recipient of the award in league history and the first Clemson player to be recognized multiple times. This marks the ninth time in league history that a Tiger has claimed the trophy.
Hyatt, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound native of Suwanee, Georgia, is a four-year starter for the Tigers and has played more snaps from scrimmage than any player in program history. A third-team All-ACC selection as a freshman three years ago and a first-team honoree each of the previous two seasons, Hyatt won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy this year for his role in a Clemson offense leads the ACC and ranks among the nation's top 10 in scoring (45.7 ppg) and total yards per game (539.1). "I'm really proud of Mitch and really happy for him" Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "First of all, he came here with a lot of goals in mind. He came here to make Clemson better, and he's done that. He's leaving here being a part of four ACC Championship Games. He's a three-time champion, hopefully a four-time champion." Hyatt tackle has earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors three times this season. - Clemson Football
11/27/18 - (WR) - Tee Higgins, So, 6-3, 210 NOV 26 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Tee Higgins, Clemson, So., WR; Oak Ridge, Tenn.,...Higgins gained a season-high 142 yards on six receptions, including a 22-yard touchdown catch, in Saturday night's 56-35 win over rival South Carolina ... It marked his third 100-yard receiving performance of the season ... Second ACC Receiver of the Week accolade of 2018 for Higgins, who was previously recognized Sept. 10. - ACC Football
11/27/18 - (C) - Justin Falcinelli, rSr, 6-3, 315 NOV 26 ACC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Justin Falcinelli, Clemson, Gr., C; Middletown, Md.,...Graded out at 93 percent with four knockdown blocks in the Tigers' 56-35 win over South Carolina ... Helped power Clemson to its third-highest single-game yardage total in school history, eclipsing 350 yards both passing and rushing in the contest. - ACC Football
11/27/18 - (QB) - Trevor Lawrence, Fr, 6-5, 215 NOV 26 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Fr., QB, Cartersville, Ga.,...Lawrence earned his fifth ACC Rookie of the Week honor after he completed 27-of-36 passes for a career-high 393 yards with one touchdown in Saturday night's 56-35 win over South Carolina ... Recorded the most passing yards by any Clemson player in its 116-game all-time series against the Gamecocks ... Become the first player in school history to engineer three touchdown drives of 95 yards or more in a single game. - ACC Football
11/27/18 - (RB) - Travis Etienne, So, 5-10, 200 No. 2 Clemson placed five players on the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-league team. Running back Travis Etienne received a league-best 174 points in results announced Monday and determined by a vote of 46 media members and the league's 14 head coaches. Players received three points for a first-team vote, two for a second-team vote and one for a third-team selection. Etienne, who leads the conference with 1,307 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns, was joined by four repeat selections from 2017: offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt and defensive linemen Clelen Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence. North Carolina State's Ryan Finley was the first-team selection at quarterback and was joined in the backfield by Etienne and Boston College's AJ Dillon. - AP College Football
11/18/18 - (RB) - Travis Etienne, So, 5-10, 200 Clemson finished perfect in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a less than perfect performance that still ended with another blowout. The No. 2 Tigers (11-0, 8-0, No. 2 CFP) beat Duke 35-6 on Saturday night, rebounding to win their six straight league game by at least 20 points after falling behind 6-0 and getting just one first down on their first three drives. The early struggles were almost refreshing for Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who said he appreciated the challenge of making adjustments and motivating his team in the locker room at half. "You walk in, you win 35-6, and you have some people who are disappointed," Swinney said, smiling after the game.
Clemson finished the ACC season 8-0 for the second time in four seasons, The Tigers lost just one ACC game in 2016 and 2017, and will try to win a fourth straight conference title Dec. 1 against Pitt. Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence was 0 for 7 on third downs in the first half and the Travis Etienne ran for just 4 yards as the Tigers led 14-6 at the break. But Etienne ran for 77 yards on four carries in the second half with touchdowns runs of 27 and 29 yards, and Lawrence broke it open with a 10-yard TD pass to T.J. Chase early in the fourth quarter - his final play in another Clemson blowout. Lawrence was 21 for 38 for 251 yards and two touchdowns. - AP College Football
11/12/18 - (DT) - Christian Wilkins, Sr, 6-3, 315 NOV 12 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Christian Wilkins, Clemson, Gr., DT; Springfield, Mass.,...Wilkins returned to his home state and played a key role as No. 2 Clemson nailed down its fourth straight ACC Atlantic Division title with Saturday night's 27-7 win at No. 17 Boston College ... Wilkins posted five tackles, including one for loss, as part of a defensive line that limited Boston College to nine rushing yards ... Also played on offense, appearing at running back on a play-action touchdown pass to tight end Milan Richard. - ACC Football
11/12/18 - (QB) - Trevor Lawrence, Fr, 6-5, 215 NOV 12 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Fr., QB; Cartersville, Ga.,...Fourth ACC Rookie of the Week selection for Lawrence, who posted career highs in completions (29) and pass attempts (40) in Clemson's 27-7 win at Boston College ... Accrued 295 passing yards and threw his ACC-leading 19th touchdown pass of the season in only his sixth start of the year. - ACC Football
11/11/18 - (QB) - Trevor Lawrence, Fr, 6-5, 215 At the site of Dabo Swinney's first victory as the head coach of Clemson 10 years ago, the Tigers earned a milestone victory that shows what a superpower they have become. Trevor Lawrence threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score and No. 2 Clemson knocked Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown out of the game early on the way to routing the 17th-ranked Eagles 27-7 on Saturday night. The battle for first-place in the ACC Atlantic Division was not much of a fight. The Tigers (10-0, 7-0, No. 2 CFP) wrapped up a record fourth straight trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference title game as division champions and kept rolling toward another College Football Playoff appearance. "This group has kind of made history all year," Swinney said. Clemson's seniors have won 50 games, gone 23-1 in division play and 19-1 on the road. Boston College (7-3, 4-2) lost Brown on its first possession when the sophomore got off a third-and-9 pass, but was thrown to the turf by star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins. Athletic trainers attended to Brown on the field and he walked to the sideline on his own. He wasn't there long before heading to the locker room. In the second quarter, it was announced he would not return. - AP College Football
11/03/18 - (RB) - Travis Etienne, So, 5-10, 200 Travis Etienne rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns and 350-pound defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence add a 2-yard TD burst as No. 2 Clemson buried Louisville 77-16 on Saturday. The Tigers (6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 2 CFP) improved to 9-0 for the third time in four seasons and can wrap up their fourth ACC Atlantic Division title next week at Boston College. Trevor Lawrence threw a pair of early touchdowns for Clemson. Etienne went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark and scored his ACC-leading 15th touchdown. Tavien Feaster added 101 yards rushing for the Tigers. Freshman Lyn-J Dixon ran for 116 yards, the second time this season Clemson has had three runners with 100 or more yards. They finished with a season high 492 yards rushing. Etienne and Feaster put Clemson up 14-0 less than three minutes into the game and the Tigers never let up on Louisville (2-7, 0-6). - AP College Football
10/31/18 - (DT) - Christian Wilkins, Sr, 6-3, 315 Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and Notre Dame linebacker Drue Tranquill are among the 13 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to college football's top scholar-athlete. The finalists, chosen from all levels of the college football, receive $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The winner will be announced Dec. 4 at the National Football Foundation's and College Hall Fame's induction ceremony and awards dinner in New York. The winner receives an additional $7,000 in scholarship money. Past winners of the Campbell Trophy, which was established by the NFF in 1990, include Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow. - AP College Football
10/29/18 - (QB) - Trevor Lawrence, Fr, 6-5, 215 OCT 29 ACC CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Fr., QB, Cartersville, Ga.,...Lawrence earned his second consecutive ACC Rookie of the Week honor and his third of the season ... Lawrence completed 20 of 37 passes for a career-high 314 yards and tied his career high with four passing touchdowns in Saturday's 59-10 win at Florida State ... During the contest, he broke Deshaun Watson's school record for single-season passing yards and passing touchdowns by a true freshman, while also tying Watson's mark for wins as a starting quarterback by a first-year freshman with his four victories as a starter this season. - ACC Football
10/29/18 - (RB) - Travis Etienne, So, 5-10, 200 Little changed when the top when the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll was released Sunday, but there were plenty of new entrants and plenty of movement. Alabama retained the top spot by getting all 60 first-place votes. Clemson remained No. 2 after its 59-10 thrashing at Florida State on Saturday. Notre Dame, LSU and Michigan retained spots three through five but seven teams entered the poll after being unranked, setting a record since the poll was expanded to 25 in 1989. Amongst the new entrants are No. 22 Syracuse, which is ranked for the first time since 2001. Syracuse's fellow ACC school Virginia entered the poll at No. 23 for its first ranking since 2011. Overall 11 ranked teams lost on Saturday, the most since the weekend of Nov. 26, 2016. Nine of the 11 ranked teams entering this weekend, creating room for upheaval among voters. Houston and Utah State entered the poll at 17th and 18th respectively. Ahead of Syracuse and Virginia are Fresno State and Mississippi St while Boston College returns to the at No. 24. - The Sports Xchange