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Gameday Guide 2017
 
CU Football BIO
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Carlos Watkins
Player Profile:
Carlos Watkins 825381
Position: DT
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 305
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Mooresboro, N.C.
High School: Chase HS
Experience: 3 Letters

Senior who made an enormous impact on the Tiger defense during his career, especially his last two seasons as a starter ... had 191 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 14 sacks in 1,666 snaps over 53 games (30 starts) in his career ... had 24 career games with at least one tackle for loss, and Clemson was 22-2 in those games ... earned Senior Bowl invitation.

2016: First-team All-American by CBS Sports ... second-team All-American by the Associated Press ... fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele ... first-team All-ACC (media, coaches) ... named to ESPN’s All-Bowl Team ... shared Tiger Pride Defensive Team MVP honors with Ben Boulware and Jadar Johnson ... one of six permanent team captains ... had 82 tackles, 13.5 for loss and 10.5 sacks in 758 snaps over 15 games (15 starts) ... added 13 quarterback pressures and four pass breakups as well ... sack total was the highest by a Clemson defensive tackle in history, breaking the mark of 10 held by Jim Stuckey, William Perry and Michael Dean Perry ... notched six tackles in 56 snaps in opener at Auburn, helping limit the Tigers to just 87 rushing yards ... posted first sack of the season against Troy ... had 11-yard sack against SC State ... had sack against Georgia Tech, a big reason the Tigers held the Yellow Jackets to just 124 total yards ... named co-defensive player of the game by coaches ... blocked an extra point, broke up a pass and had a fumble recovery in the win over No. 3 Louisville ... co-defensive player of the game with Marcus Edmond after notching 1.5 sacks in win over NC State ... posted sacks against Syracuse and Pittsburgh, with six total tackles against the Panthers ... posted sack at Wake Forest, part of a six-tackle effort ... had a tackle for loss, two pressures and a pass breakup against South Carolina ... had a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss in 73 snaps against Virginia Tech ... shared player of the game honors from the coaching staff in Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State, where he had two sacks and two pass breakups ... produced nine stops in the National Championship Game against Alabama, including one for loss.

2015: First-team All-ACC (media) ... second-team All-ACC (coaches) ... had 69 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 570 snaps over 15 games (14 starts) ... added eight quarterback pressures and an interception, which he returned for his first career touchdown ... posted six tackles (one for loss) in the opener against Wofford ... returned first career interception for a touchdown, a highlight of Clemson’s 41-10 win over Appalachian State ... first by an interior defensive lineman since Jock McKissic against South Carolina in 2006 ... posted a sack, in addition to making the key play on two-point conversion stop in final seconds of win over Notre Dame ... tallied five tackles, a quarterback pressure and PBU in just 18 snaps at Miami ... played well at Syracuse, logging a pair of tackles for loss ... had five tackles and half a sack at South Carolina ... had a pass breakup in ACC Championship Game against North Carolina ... had a six-yard sack against Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl ... had a tackle for loss and quarterback pressure in the National Championship Game against Alabama.

2014: Had 13 tackles, two tackles for loss and four quarterback pressures in 135 snaps over 11 games ... had three tackles in 16 snaps at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30 ... had two tackles and two quarterback pressures in 17 snaps against NC State on Oct. 4 ... had one tackle for loss in six snaps at Boston College on Oct. 18 ... had two tackles in 20 snaps against Georgia State on Nov. 22 ... had two tackles and one tackle for loss in nine snaps against South Carolina on Nov. 29.

2013: Had 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback pressure in 90 snaps over three games (one start) ... had three tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 34 snaps against No. 5 Georgia on Aug. 31; it was his first career start ... had four tackles and one tackle for loss in 34 snaps against SC State on Sept. 7 ... had four tackles in 22 snaps at NC State on Sept. 19 ... was a passenger in a fatal car accident on Sept. 21 and missed the rest of the season due to injuries suffered in the accident.

2012: Had 16 tackles, one tackle for loss and three quarterback pressures in 113 snaps over nine games ... had one tackle in 12 snaps against Ball State on Sept. 8; it was his first career game ... had two tackles and one tackle for loss in 15 snaps against Furman on Sept. 15 ... had three tackles in 11 snaps against Virginia Tech on Oct. 20 ... had five tackles in 25 snaps at Duke on Nov. 3 ... had three tackles in 22 snaps against Maryland on Nov. 10 ... had two tackles in 10 snaps against NC State on Nov. 17.

Before Clemson: Rated as the No. 55 player and No. 7 defensive lineman in the nation as well as No. 4 player in North Carolina by 247Sports.com ... No. 104 overall player and No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation as well as No. 5 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com ... No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com ... No. 134 overall player and No. 12 defensive tackle in the nation as well as No. 5 player in North Carolina by ESPN ... No. 13 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep ... had 15 sacks, one interception and five caused fumbles as a senior ... had 50 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 14 sacks as a junior ... played in the U.S. Army All-American game and the Shrine Bowl ... averaged over 21 points and 10 rebounds per game in basketball as a junior ... attended the same high school that sent the McSwain brothers (Rod, Chuck) to Clemson in the early 1980s; they were both on the 1981 National Championship team; Chuck is the current track coach at Chase High School ... coached by Daniel Bailey at Chase High ... recruited by Dan Brooks.

Personal: Cousin of former Clemson defensive end Dane Rogers ... earned undergraduate degree in sociology in December 2016 ... born Dec. 5, 1993.

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