SC - Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley announced today that he will return for
his senior season with the Tiger football team. The defensive end from
Adairsville, GA was a consensus first-team All-American in 2013, helping the
Tigers to an 11-2 record and number-seven final national ranking in the USA
Today poll. It was Clemson's highest final national ranking since 1981.
led the ACC in sacks with 13 and finished second in tackles for loss with 23. His
sack figure on a per game basis was third best in the nation and his tackle for
loss figure on a per game basis ranked second. He led the nation in tackles for
loss per game against teams that finished the season with a winning record (19
in eight games). He was also 10th in the nation in caused fumbles
had a strong game against Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl with four
tackles for loss and a sack, a big reason the Tigers defeated the sixth-ranked
Buckeyes, 40-35. It was the most tackles for loss in a bowl game for a Clemson
player and tied for the third-most tackles for loss in any BCS Bowl game dating
was named a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation, USA Today,
Sporting News and Sports Illustrated among others. He was a second-team
selection by the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association. He was
a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given to the top defensive end
in college football, and was a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and the
times this year Beasley was named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week, in Clemson's
wins over NC State, Syracuse and Boston College. He was the national Defensive
MVP for the first half of the season by ESPN.
achieved all this in his first year as a starter. He played just 304 snaps over
his first two years. He had eight sacks as a backup in 2012 when he helped the
Tigers to an 11-2 record and number-nine national ranking.
has 21 career sacks and needs just eight in 2014 to break the school record of
28 held by Michael Dean Perry and Gaines Adams.