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Dorian O'Daniel
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Dorian O'Daniel 1082737
Position: LB
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 220
Year: Redshirt Graduate
Hometown: Olney, Md.
High School: Our Lady of Good Counsel HS
Experience: 3 Letters

Emerged as one of the best linebackers in the country in 2017 ... had 227 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, three interceptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns, five pass breakups, two caused fumbles and two recovered fumbles in 1,465 snaps over 56 games (27 starts) in his career ... tied for first in Clemson history in special teams tackles (47) and second in games.

2017: One of five finalists for the Butkus Award ... one of four finalists for the Bobby Bowden Award ... first-team All-American by Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated ... second-team All-American by AFCA and AP ... first-team All-ACC by Phil Steele ... Second-Team All-ACC selection ... second-team All-ACC by AP ... permanent team co-captain ... had 104 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, six quarterback pressures, two interceptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns, three pass breakups and two recovered fumbles in 718 snaps over 14 games (14 starts) ... had four tackles in 22 snaps against Kent State on Sept. 2 ... had a team-high 15 tackles, two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 62 snaps against No. 13 Auburn on Sept. 9; named ACC Linebacker-of-the-Week ... had five tackles, a tackle for loss and a 44-yard interception return for a touchdowns in 50 snaps at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... had four tackles and a tackle for loss in 39 snaps against Boston College on Sept. 23 ... had a team-high 14 tackles, a sack and 22-yard interception return for a touchdown in 52 snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30; named Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player-of-the-Week; named ACC Linebacker-of-the-Week; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... had six tackles in 48 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 ... had a team-high 13 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a pass breakup and three quarterback pressures in 83 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 13 ... had a team-high 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in 45 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... had 10 tackles, a tackle for loss and pass breakup in 80 snaps at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4 ... had three tackles and a pass breakup in 58 snaps against Florida State on Nov. 11 ... had five tackles in 26 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 18 ... had five tackles and a tackle for loss in 43 snaps at South Carolina on Nov. 25 ... had four tackles and a recovered fumble in 46 snaps against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2 ... had five tackles and a tackle for loss in 64 snaps against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.

2016: Had 60 tackles in 479 snaps over 15 games (12 starts) ... included 10 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks ... had an interception and caused fumble as well ... logged a tackle for loss in the season opener at Auburn ... posted first career interception in win over Troy ... had sack and additional tackle for loss against Georgia Tech, a big reason the Tigers held the Yellow Jackets to just 124 total yards ... posted four tackles in win over No. 3 Louisville ... had half of a sack, a pass breakup and quarterback pressure in 33 snaps at Boston College ... posted seven tackles, including one for loss, in road win over No. 12 Florida State ... had a tackle for loss against Syracuse ... had a strip sack in loss to Pittsburgh, his first caused fumble of the season ... notched a tackle for loss at Wake Forest ... had half a tackle for loss in 37 snaps against South Carolina ... had a tackle for loss against Ohio State in Fiesta Bowl.

2015: Had 32 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss, in 181 snaps (15 games) ... team leader with 19 special teams tackles ... notched pair of special teams stops against Appalachian State ... had first tackle for loss of the season at Louisville ... came off the bench to earn a share of defensive player-of-the-game honors in the win over Georgia Tech ... posted three tackles for loss in that contest ... named special teams player-of-the-game by Clemson coaches at Miami ... two special teams tackles in win over NC State ... special teams player-of-the-game versus Wake Forest with a pair of tackles in coverage ... had three special teams tackles at South Carolina ... had a coverage tackle in the ACC Championship Game against North Carolina ... tallied three total tackles, including two on special teams, in the Orange Bowl win over Oklahoma.

2014: Had 31 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and one caused fumble in 87 snaps over 12 games (one start) ... had a team-high 13 special teams tackles ... played one snap on defense and had a team-high four special teams tackles against SC State on Sept. 6 ... had three tackles in 17 snaps against NC State on Oct. 4 ... had three tackles, including two special teams tackles, in two snaps against Louisville on Oct. 11 ... had a team-high 10 tackles, one sack and a caused fumble in 41 snaps at No. 23 Georgia Tech on Nov. 15; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... had five tackles in 21 snaps against Georgia State on Nov. 22; it was his first career start ... had two tackles in five snaps against No. 24 Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29; named team special teams player-of-the-game.

2013: Redshirted ... No. 15 signee in the ACC in the preseason by Lindy’s ... No. 18 signee in the ACC in the preseason by Athlon.

Before Clemson: Rated as the No. 40 player in the nation by Rivals.com ... No. 102 player in the nation by 247Sports.com, No. 46 by PrepStar and No. 112 by ESPN ... played in the U.S. Army All-American game ... No. 6 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com, No. 8 by ESPN, No. 11 by Scout.com and No. 13 by 247Sports.com ... No. 16 outside linebacker in the nation by MaxPreps ... No. 3 player in Maryland by 247Sports.com and ESPN ... member of the top-150 Dream Team by PrepStar ... played running back and linebacker ... helped Our Lady of Good Counsel High School to an 11-1 record as a senior and a No. 1 ranking in the Washington, D.C. area ... first-team all-state and all-conference as a running back ... named Montgomery Sentinel Offensive Player-of-the-Year and Gazette Montgomery County Player-of-the-Year as a senior ... named to the 75th Pigskin Club of Washington All-Metropolitan first team and Washington Post All-Met first team ... contributed to four straight conference championships ... had 1,307 yards on 190 carries and 18 touchdowns in 10 games as a senior ... had a season-high 325 yards on 24 carries in a Sept. win ... had 33 tackles and two sacks on defense as a senior ... had 897 yards on 127 carries and five touchdowns as a junior ... had 38.5 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and five sacks as a junior ... had 560 rushing yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore ... first Tiger signee from the state of Maryland since 1991 (Jeff Fortner) ... coached by Kevin McFadden at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School ... recruited by Jeff Scott and Brent Venables.

Personal: Graduated with a degree in parks, recreation & tourism management ... born Sept. 4, 1994.

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