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Jonathan Willard
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Jonathan Willard 824539
Position: LB
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 225
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Loris, SC
High School: Loris
Major: Sociology
Experience: 3 Letters
One of the team’s most consistent linebackers ... had 207 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, three sacks, six quarterback pressures, 10 pass breakups, one caused fumble, and one recovered fumble in 1,510 snaps over 52 games (25 starts) in his career ... had at least one tackle in each of his 38 games from 2010-12.
2012:  Had 95 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, four quarterback pressures, six pass breakups, and one recovered fumble in 683 snaps over 12 games (12 starts) ... led the team lead in tackles, first hits, and tackles for loss ... had four double-digit tackle totals ... had a team-tying-high seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, his first career sack, a pass breakup, and recovered fumble in 56 snaps against #25 Auburn at Atlanta, GA on Sept. 1 ... had four tackles and a pass breakup in 31 snaps against Ball State on Sept. 8 ... had a team-high 13 tackles and a pass breakup in 72 snaps at #4 Florida State on Sept. 22 ... had a team-high nine tackles in 62 snaps at Boston College on Sept. 29 ... had eight tackles, one tackle for loss, and a pass breakup in 48 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 6 ... had 11 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in 62 snaps against Virginia Tech on Oct. 20 ... had a team-tying-high 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and one sack in 54 snaps at Wake Forest on Oct. 25; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... had four tackles and a game-high 1.5 tackles for loss in 51 snaps at Duke on Nov. 3 ... had four tackles in 30 snaps against Maryland on Nov. 10 ... had 10 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup, and two quarterback pressures in 83 snaps against N.C. State on Nov. 17 ... had eight tackles, two tackles for loss, and a pass breakup in 92 snaps against #12 South Carolina on Nov. 24 ... had seven tackles and one sack in 42 snaps against #7 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.
2011:  Had 75 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and four pass breakups in 635 snaps over 14 games (11 starts) ... had a team-tying-high eight tackles in 33 snaps against Troy on Sept. 3 ... had four tackles in 54 snaps against Wofford on Sept. 10 ... had four tackles, including a tackle for loss, in 29 snaps against #19 Auburn on Sept. 17 ... had eight tackles in 52 snaps at #10 Virginia Tech on Oct. 1; named ACC Linebacker-of-the-Week ... had a team-high 13 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 45 snaps against Boston College on Oct. 8 ... had two tackles and two pass breakups in 44 snaps at Maryland on Oct. 15 ... had a team-high eight tackles in 51 snaps against North Carolina on Oct. 22 ... had nine tackles in 77 snaps at Georgia Tech on Oct. 29 ... had three tackles and a tackle for loss in 71 snaps against Wake Forest on Nov. 12 ... had one tackle and two pass breakups in 26 snaps against #3 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 3 ... had six tackles in 21 snaps against #22 West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.
2010:  Winner of the Vickery Hall Award for his work in the classroom ... had 27 tackles and a tackle for loss in 160 snaps over 12 games (two starts) ... had a team-high 13 special team tackles ... backup linebacker behind Brandon Maye ... had at least one tackle in all 12 games he played ... started the opener against North Texas and played 37 snaps and had five tackles ... missed the Auburn game due to injury ... had three tackles in 15 snaps against Georgia Tech ... had three tackles in 26 snaps at Florida State ... had five tackles in 27 snaps in a start at Wake Forest ... had three tackles against South Florida ... won the Strength Training Award for linebackers for spring practice.
2009:  Reserve linebacker and a top special teams performer as a red-shirt freshman ... had 10 tackles in 32 plays of action ... had three tackles in 12 plays in the home win over Wake Forest, that included a tackle for loss ... had two stops in 13 plays of action against Georgia Tech in ACC Championship game ... nine of his 10 tackles were first hits ... had three tackles for loss in just 32 plays of action on defense.
2008:  Red-shirted.
Before Clemson:  Rated as the #10 prospect in South Carolina and #24 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com ... #34 weakside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com ... #22 outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com ... #19 prospect in South Carolina by SuperPrep ... only played half of his senior season due to a knee injury ... all-region selection as a senior ... played in the North-South game ... selected to play in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl ... rushed for 702 yards in six games during his senior season ... totaled 89 tackles and 53 assists during his senior season ... four-time state wrestling champion ... All-American, all-state, and North/South participant in wrestling ... ran the 100m and threw the shotput in track; he finished sixth in the state in the shotput ... coached by James Longerbeam ... recruited by Dabo Swinney ... chose Clemson over Florida, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Personal:  Nephew of former Clemson defensive tackle Richard McCullough (1985-88), who was also a product of Loris High School ... nicknamed “Tig” ... graduated on Dec. 20, 2012 with a degree in sociology ... born Jan. 10, 1990.

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