Football Coaching Staff
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Co-Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Ends
Coach Info:
Position: Co-Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Ends
Year: Freshman
Eligibility: Freshman

• Resigned position at Clemson to accept a similar role with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars after helping the Tigers to the 2016 National Championship.

• Clemson finished in the top 25 and won 10+ games all of his six years as an assistant coach, including a No. 1 final ranking in 2016 after the Tigers beat Alabama 35-31 in the National Championship Game.

• Coached First-Team All-American Christian Wilkins at defensive end after making the switch from tackle in 2016. Wilkins was a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy as a sophomore.

• His ends were a big reason the Tigers amassed 49 sacks, a school record, in 2016.

• Coached First-Team All-American Shaq Lawson, a finalist for several national awards, in 2015. Lawson was responsible for 25.5 tackles for loss, while adding 12.5 sacks. He also coached Honorable Mention All-ACC performer Kevin Dodd, who had 23.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. The duo finished 1-2 nationally in total tackles for loss.

• His defensive ends were a big reason the 2014 defense led the nation in total defense (260.8) and tackles for loss (131), while being in the top five in many other statistical categories. He also coached Vic Beasley, who was a first-team All-American and the ACC Defensive Player-of-the-Year. Beasley set the school record with 33 career sacks.

• Named one of the top-10 recruiters in the ACC in 2013 by Rivals.

• His defensive ends were a big reason Clemson led the nation in tackles for loss (122) in 2013.

• Coached Beasley, a first-team All-American and Hendricks Award finalist, who had 23 tackles for loss and an ACC-high 13 sacks, in 2013.

• Beasley was a seldom-used backup in 2011, but became one of the top defensive ends in the ACC in terms of sacks in 2012. Beasley had eight sacks, fourth-most in the ACC, in only 288 snaps.

• A big reason Clemson has won three ACC titles over the last six seasons.

• In 2011, he coached second-team All-American and First-Team All-ACC defensive end Andre Branch, who led the ACC with 17 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. Branch was also a finalist for the Hendricks Award.

• Returned to Clemson after spending three years (2008-10) at Duke.

• In 2008, Duke’s defense held opponents to 23.4 points per game, best in 20 years, and held three opponents to less than 10, a program first since 1976.

• This is his second tour of duty at Clemson. He served as defensive line coach in 2005, helping the Tigers to an 8-4 record and a top-25 AP finish. Clemson was 11th in the nation in scoring defense.

• Has NFL experience, as he was an assistant coach with the Saints in 2006 and 2007. The 2006 Saints had a 10-6 record and won the NFC South. He coached Will Smith, who had 10.5 sacks and started in the Pro Bowl.

• Prior to coming to Clemson, he worked for David Cutcliffe at Mississippi for six seasons (1999-04). During that time, the Rebels had a 44-29 record and four bowl wins.

• Started in coaching in 1995 with the defensive tackles at Tennessee-Martin. He served two seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette as strength & conditioning coach (1996) and defensive tackles coach (1997) before spending one year at Tennessee as assistant strength & conditioning coach. Tennessee won the national title in 1998.

• First-Team All-SEC pick in 1989 and was named to Tennessee’s 100-year anniversary team. A third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the Vikings and later played three years (1990-92) with the Patriots.

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