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#20 Jayron Kearse
Position: Safety
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 210
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Fort Myers, Fla.
High School: South Fort Myers HS
Major: Communication Studies
Experience: SQ

Sophomore safety who stepped in as a valuable member of the secondary ... has used his height to his advantage.

2014: Preseason third-team All-ACC by Phil Steele.

2013: Had 55 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, a team-tying-high four interceptions for 62 yards and one caused fumble in 444 snaps over 12 games (three starts) ... tied for fifth in the ACC in interceptions ... had two tackles in 21 snaps in his first career game against SC State on Sept. 7 ... had five tackles in 23 snaps against Wake Forest on Sept. 28 ... had eight tackles and his first career interception in 75 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 5 ... had four tackles in 38 snaps against Boston College on Oct. 12; it was his first career start ... had two tackles and a 25-yard interception return in 47 snaps at Maryland on Oct. 26 ... had three tackles, a 37-yard interception return and a caused fumble in 27 snaps at Virginia on Nov. 2; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... had seven tackles in 57 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 23 ... had 10 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in playing all 81 snaps at No. 9 South Carolina on Nov. 30 ... had nine tackles and a key interception in the third quarter in 72 snaps against No. 6 Ohio State in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 ... No. 7 athlete signee in the nation in the preseason by Athlon ... No. 26 signee in the ACC in the preseason by Athlon.

Before Clemson: Rated as the No. 16 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com ... No. 7 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com ... top-300 All-American by PrepStar ... area defensive player-of-the-year at South Fort Myers High School ... helped his team to an 11-2 record as a senior ... No. 15 athlete in the nation by MaxPreps ... had 528 rushing yards and five touchdowns as a senior; averaged 12.3 yards per carry ... averaged 18.9 yards per reception and scored five touchdowns ... as a safety, he had 87 tackles, three sacks and an interception ... had 1,600 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior ... came to Clemson from the same high school as wide receiver Sammy Watkins ... played in the Offense-Defense Bowl in Houston, Texas ... coached by Grant Redhead at South Fort Myers High School ... recruited by Tony Elliott.

Personal: His uncle, Jevon Kearse, was an All-America linebacker at Florida and an NFL All-Pro ... his cousin, Phillip Buchanon, was a defensive back at Miami (Fla.) and played in the NFL ... majoring in communication studies ... born Feb. 11, 1994.

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