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Shaq Lawson
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Shaq Lawson 1081150
Position: DE
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 270
Year: Junior
Hometown: Central, S.C.
High School: Daniel HS
Experience: 2 Letters

FINAL BIO

Defensive end who made an enormous impact in three seasons, blossoming into one of the top players at his position as a junior in 2015 ... had 167 tackles, 46.5 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures and two caused fumbles in 1,354 snaps over 41 games (16 starts) in his career ... eighth in Clemson history in career tackles for loss and 10th in sacks ... first Clemson defender since Anthony Simmons (1995-97) with double figure tackles for loss as a freshman, sophomore and junior ... finalist for several national awards after leading the nation in tackles for loss in 2015 ... declared after his junior season for the 2016 NFL Draft ... drafted in the first round (19th overall) by the Buffalo Bills.

2015: Member of the Bednarik Award preseason watch list ... preseason first-team All-ACC selection by a vote of the league’s media...Finalist for the Hendricks Award, Lombardi Award and Nagurski Trophy ... semifinalist for the Bednarik Award ... consensus All-American ... first-team All-American by the Associated Press, ESPN.com, AFCA, USA Today and Walter Camp ... second-team All-American according to CBS Sports, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated ... first-team All-ACC (media, coaches) ... had 88 tackles, 25.5 for loss and 12.5 sacks to lead all Tigers in the latter two categories ... led all FBS players in total tackles for loss ... his 25.5 tackles for loss were sixth-most in a single season in Clemson history ... his sack total tied the late Gaines Adams for fourth-most in a single season in Clemson history ... had at least one tackle for loss in 14 of the 15 games ... third on the team with 15 quarterback pressures ... posted 1.5 tackles for loss against Wofford ... first sack came against Appalachian State, when he shared defensive player-of-the-game honors with Ben Boulware ... named ACC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts versus the Mountaineers ... posted 1.5 sacks at Louisville, upping his career total to five sacks on Thursday night games ... posted 3.5 tackles for loss, all in the first half, against Notre Dame ... co-defensive player-of-the-game with Kevin Dodd for the performance by the coaches ... notched a sack against Georgia Tech ... had a tackle for loss in the Boston College win ... posted two sacks in just 25 snaps at Miami ... tallied three tackles for loss with a sack at Syracuse and was named defensive player-of-the-game by the coaches ... notched 1.5 tackles for loss against Wake Forest ... had a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss at South Carolina ... had two tackles for loss, a sack and forced fumble in the ACC Championship Game against North Carolina ... suffered knee sprain after just six snaps in the Orange Bowl win over Oklahoma, but not before tallying a 14-yard sack and four tackles ... returned and logged 61 snaps in the National Championship Game, posting two sacks against Alabama.

2014: Had 44 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, five quarterback pressures and one caused fumble in 295 snaps over 13 games (one start) ... had four tackles and two quarterback pressures in 33 snaps at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30 ... had five tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack in 24 snaps against SC State on Sept. 6 ... had four tackles and one sack for a safety in 23 snaps against North Carolina on Sept. 27 ... had one tackle and two quarterback pressures in 22 snaps against NC State on Oct. 4 ... had two tackles in 21 snaps against Louisville on Oct. 11; it was his first career start ... had two tackles and one tackle for loss in 18 snaps at Boston College on Oct. 18 ... had four tackles in 16 snaps against Syracuse on Oct. 25 ... had six tackles, a game-high four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 30 snaps at Wake Forest on Nov. 6; named team defensive player-of-the-game ... had four tackles and one tackle for loss in 25 snaps at No. 23 Georgia Tech on Nov. 15 ... had two tackles and one tackle for loss in 26 snaps against Georgia State on Nov. 22 ... had four tackles and one tackle for loss in 24 snaps against South Carolina on Nov. 29 ... had four tackles, a caused fumble and a blocked extra point in 19 snaps against No. 24 Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.

2013: Second-team freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele ... third-team freshman All-American by Athlon ... had 35 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, nine quarterback pressures and one pass breakup in 337 snaps over 13 games ... his four sacks tied William Perry (1981) and Ricky Sapp (2006) for most by a Tiger first-year freshman ... had three tackles in 30 snaps against No. 5 Georgia on Aug. 31; it was his first career game ... had four tackles, two tackles for loss and two quarterback pressures in 29 snaps against SC State on Sept. 7 ... had four tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack in 22 snaps at NC State on Sept. 19 ... had two tackles for loss, one sack and two quarterback pressures in 35 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 5 ... had three tackles in 23 snaps against Boston College on Oct. 12 ... had one tackle and two quarterback pressures in 22 snaps at Maryland on Oct. 26 ... had two tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and two quarterback pressures in 34 snaps at Virginia on Nov. 2 ... had two tackles and one sack in 26 snaps against Georgia Tech on Nov. 14 ... had five tackles in 32 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 23 ... had three tackles in 19 snaps at No. 9 South Carolina on Nov. 30 ... had three tackles and one sack against No. 6 Ohio State in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 ... enrolled in January ... had two tackles in the Spring Game.

Before Clemson: Rated as the No. 1 prep school prospect in the nation and No. 1 prep school defensive end at Hargrave Military Academy by 247Sports.com ... No. 3 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com ... top-300 All-American by PrepStar ... had 99 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, nine sacks and five caused fumbles as a senior ... had 100 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and two touchdowns as a junior ... played in the North/South All-Star game, where he was named defensive MVP ... defensive MVP in the Offense/Defense All-American Bowl ... coached by Randy Robinson at Daniel High School and Troy Davis at Hargrave Military Academy ... recruited by Dan Brooks and Chad Morris.

Personal: Majoring in parks, recreation & tourism management ... born June 17, 1994.

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