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#40 Andre Branch
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 260
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Richmond, VA
High School: Varina
Major: Sociology
Experience: 3 Letters
Defensive end who had 197 tackles, 33.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, 40 quarterback pressures, and 11 pass breakups in 1,886 snaps over 48 games (27 starts) in his career...made at least one tackle in 41 straight games...emerged as one of the top defensive ends in the nation as a senior.

2011: Permanent team co-captain...one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award...added to the Bednarik Award Watch List in October...second-team All-American by CBSSports.com, Phil Steele, Rivals.com, SI.com, and Walter Camp Foundation...third-team All-American by AP...First-Team All-ACC selection...first-team All-ACC by CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, and Phil Steele...Senior Bowl invitee...had 85 tackles, a team-high 17 tackles for loss, a team-high 10.5 sacks, and 17 quarterback pressures in 755 snaps over 14 games (14 starts)...second on the team in tackles...had a team-high 64 first hits...tied for fourth in school history in sacks...15th in the nation in sacks per game (0.75)...first in the ACC in sacks per game and third in tackles for loss per game (1.2)...had six tackles and a tackle for loss in 54 snaps against Troy on Sept. 3...had 11 tackles and a pass breakup in 46 snaps against Wofford on Sept. 10...had five tackles, including a sack, and a team-high three quarterback pressures in 55 snaps against #19 Auburn on Sept. 17; named team defensive player-of-the-game...had one tackle and three quarterback pressures in 49 snaps against #11 Florida State on Sept. 24...had a team-high 11 tackles, a caused fumble, and tied the school record for both tackles for loss (6) and sacks (4) in 57 snaps at #10 Virginia Tech on Oct. 1 in his home state; all four sacks came in the second half and he was a big reason Clemson held the Hokies without a touchdown at home for the first time since 1995; named national defensive performer-of-the-week and national defensive lineman-of-the-week by College Football Performance Awards; named ACC Player-of-the-Week by Rivals.com; named ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week; named team defensive player-of-the-game...had six tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, and two quarterback pressures in 46 snaps against Boston College on Oct. 8...had six tackles, two sacks, and three quarterback pressures in 70 snaps at Maryland on Oct. 15...had five tackles in 34 snaps against North Carolina on Oct. 22...had six tackles and 0.5 sacks in 66 snaps at Georgia Tech on Oct. 29...had a team-high nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and three quarterback pressures in 54 snaps at N.C. State on Nov. 19; named team defensive player-of-the-game...had three tackles and two sacks in 54 snaps at #13 South Carolina on Nov. 26...had six tackles, two quarterback pressures, and a recovered fumble against #3 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 3; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game...had seven tackles and a tackle for loss in 57 snaps against #22 West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.

2010: Solid Rock Award winner among defensive ends...had 55 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, 15 quarterback pressures, and seven pass breakups in 13 starts (651 snaps)...second on the team in sacks and tied for third in quarterback pressures...gave Clemson a great defensive end tandem with Da'Quan Bowers...had four combined tackles for loss in the first two games...had three tackles for loss and two sacks against Presbyterian College; named team defensive player-of-the-game by the coaches...had seven tackles at #15 Auburn...had four tackles against Georgia Tech when he played linebacker...had five tackles, a sack, and four quarterback pressures against #23 N.C. State...had seven tackles in 55 snaps against #17 South Carolina...had six tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack in 51 snaps against South Florida.

2009: Did not start a game, but played in all 14 games for an average of 24 snaps per game...finished the year with 46 tackles, including eight for loss...the tackle total was second-best among non-starters and his eight tackles for loss tied for fourth-best on the team...had four tackles in 21 snaps off the bench in the win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl...had at least four tackles in eight of the 14 games, including six of the last seven...had just one tackle against Virginia, but it was a big 11-yard sack...had season-high five tackles in wins over Middle Tennessee and Coastal Carolina...had violent six-yard sack against Wake Forest...had at least one tackle for loss in four straight games at mid-season, Clemson won all four of those games...had four tackles in career-high 41 plays at N.C. State.

2008: Did not start a game, but he averaged 20 snaps in each of his seven contests...had nine of his 11 tackles within the first four games...played a season-high 36 snaps and had two first hits against #24 Alabama...had a tackle for loss in 29 snaps against The Citadel...had a season-high four tackles in 17 snaps against S.C. State...did not play in five consecutive games, then played each of the last three regular-season contests...had two tackles in eight snaps against Duke...did not register a tackle but played 18 snaps and made a contribution when Clemson held Virginia to just three points in a 13-3 victory on the road.

2007: Red-shirted.

Before Clemson: Played tight end and outside linebacker at Varina High School for Head Coach Gary Chilcoat...#47 prospect in Virginia by Rivals.com...had 62 tackles and seven tackles for loss during his senior season...had three sacks, two recovered fumbles, and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a 14-yard touchdown, as a senior...all-district and second-team all-region as a senior...two-year starter who helped Varina High to an 11-2 record as a senior and 9-1 ledger as a junior...averaged 12 points and nine rebounds on the hardwood as a senior...two-year starter in football and basketball as a power forward; he was all-district, averaging 14 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks per game as a senior...recruited by Chris Rumph...chose Clemson over Florida State, N.C. State, and West Virginia.

Personal: Majoring in sociology...born July 14, 1989.
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