Clemson needs to fill major holes on defensive line
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney hears so many questions about the Tigers' defensive losses that he has lost count.
He heard it again Tuesday — probably not for the last...
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Cornerback Xavien Howard will be a cornerstone in the Miami Dolphins' rebuilding effort.
Howard agreed to terms on a $76.5 million, five-year extension, the most lucrative...
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Dolphins draft Clemson DT Christian Wilkins in 1st round
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Moments after becoming a Miami Dolphin, defensive tackle Christian Wilkins nearly sacked Roger Goodell.
Wilkins gleefully leaped into the commissioner on the draft stage...
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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons accepts that many are concerned over the Tigers changing defense from its latest national championship. He's not among them.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Half of Clemson's talented defensive front four participated in the Tigers pro day Thursday before evaluators from all 32 NFL teams.
National champs return to field for Clemson spring practice
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney moved up and down the rows of Tigers players, patting their shoulder pads and helmets as the national champions got ready for practice.
Defensive linemen dominate this year’s combine class
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — This year's class of quarterback prospects isn't as sexy as last year's group led by Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold. Nor does it feature the tantalizing talents of next year's...
Clemson DTs Pinckney, Williams out for spring with injuries
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson will be without defensive tackles Nyles Pinckney and Jordan Williams for spring practice due to injuries.
Pinckney had surgery on his pectoral muscle since Clemson's national championship victory last month. Williams hurt his leg while playing intramural basketball and will need a screw put in, coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday.
Clemson celebrates latest title amid cheers and doughnuts
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — All-American Christian Wilkins tossed doughnuts and showed off a victory cigar.
On a chilly, overcast morning, Clemson celebrated its second national football title in three seasons Saturday before thousands of roaring fans. Spectators stood seven or eight deep along the parade route.
Trevor Lawrence, who threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns in the title game against Alabama, rode a flat-bed truck with dozens of teammates.
Clemson All-American DE Ferrell headed for NFL draft
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's national championship front four is off to the NFL.
All-American defensive end Clelin Ferrell made it a clean sweep of top-round prospects, joining All-American tackle Christian Wilkins, tackle Dexter Lawrence and end Austin Bryant in heading to the draft.
Ferrell, Wilkins and Bryant all passed on the pros last season for a final year in college. And the group made it count with a 15-0 season and a 44-16 beatdown of Alabama in the national title game Monday night.
Matchups that could determine Alabama vs Clemson Part IV
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Clemson and Alabama are playing in the College Football Playoff for the fourth straight season, and the third time for the national championship.
The winner Monday will become the first 15-0 FBS champion.
With the help of SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic, a former Auburn offensive lineman, a breakdown of some of the key matchups that could decide Tide-Tigers Part IV.
Clemson’s NFL prospects step closer to championship goals
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clelin Ferrell fidgets in his seat, knowing how close — and how far away — to achieving what he returned to Clemson to capture: The national championship.
Wilkins leaves legacy of laughter and leadership at Clemson
DALLAS (AP) — Christian Wilkins is here to put a smile on your face, whether you like it or not.
Irish line readies for nasty Clemson defensive front
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ask Notre Dame center Sam Mustipher a question and you will get a straight answer.
So what does he think of the defensive front four the Fighting Irish will face Dec. 29 at the Cotton Bowl in the playoff semifinal against Clemson?
"They're athletic, they're big, they're physical and they're nasty," Mustipher said.
Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen wins Lott IMPACT Trophy
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen has won the Lott IMPACT Trophy as the college defensive player having the biggest influence on his team.
Allen received the award Sunday night from former Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott at the Pacific Club. It goes to a player with strong academic work, community involvement and team leadership.
Allen edged fellow finalists Ben Burr-Kirven of Washington, Christian Wilkins of Clemson and Ben Humphreys of Duke.
Clemson’s Wilkins wins top scholar-athlete trophy
NEW YORK (AP) — Clemson star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins won the William V. Campbell Trophy on Tuesday night, an award honoring college football's top scholar-athlete.
Wilkins earned a degree in communications last year, becoming the first scholarship football player from Clemson to graduate in 2½ years. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in athletic leadership.
Clemson’s dominant defensive line living up to the hype
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables swears he wasn't really concerned about the preseason hype around his defensive line.
"Maybe a little," Venables said when asked about any fears he had about their mindset entering the season.
The accolades and magazine covers piled up this summer for the Tigers' talented defensive front: Defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant; tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence.
AP All-America Watch: Star matchups for championship weekend
The Associated Press has been honoring college football's best with an All-America team since 1925. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The final All-America watch of the season features All-America matchups from each of this weekend's Power Five conference championship games.
Clemson RB Etienne leads ACC’s all-conference team
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — No. 2 Clemson placed five players on the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-league team.
Running back Travis Etienne received a league-best 174 points in results announced Monday and determined by a vote of 46 media members and the league's 14 head coaches.
Players received three points for a first-team vote, two for a second-team vote and one for a third-team selection.
No. 2 Clemson faces rival South Carolina seeking 12-0 season
South Carolina (6-4) at No. 2 Clemson (11-0, No. 2 CFP), 7 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Line: Clemson by 26.
Series record: Clemson leads 69-42-4.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Clemson has wrapped up a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. It's looking to complete its fourth perfect regular season. South Carolina could enhance its bowl possibilities with every extra win.
Tagovailoa, Murray finalists for 2 college football awards
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins were each named finalists for two of the nine awards to be presented Dec. 6 at the ESPN college Football Awards Show at the Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
Seniors, No. 2 Clemson seeking more milestones against Duke
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — While Clemson coach Dabo Swinney feels like this season has gone by quickly, his time with his record-setting seniors probably has slipped by even faster.
Clemson (10-0, 7-0 ACC) looks to complete a perfect run through the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season when it faces Duke (7-3, 3-3) on Saturday night.
ACC defenders make national presence felt with clutch plays
Clelin Ferrell's pass-rushing prowess has helped put No. 2 Clemson on the cusp of its fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship and another berth in the College Football Playoff.
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound junior end isn't the only Tiger thriving on a stingy defensive front four where he and Austin Bryant bookend tackles Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins.
The ACC is littered with defensive playmakers all around the league.
Williams, Allen, Delpit give SEC 3 Nagurski Trophy finalists
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Alabama nose tackle Quinnen Williams, Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen and LSU safety Grant Delpit give the Southeastern Conference three of the five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy given to the nation's top defensive player.
The other finalists announced Wednesday were Michigan linebacker Devin Bush and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.
Boston College QB Brown day to day with abdominal injury
BOSTON (AP) — Boston College coach Steve Addazio would like to see college football adopt some of the same rules that the NFL is using to protect quarterbacks.
Two days after starter Anthony Brown sustained an abdominal injury when 315-pound defensive lineman Christian Wilkins landed on him, Addazio said he'd be in favor of a rule like the one in the pro league that punishes a defender for coming down on the quarterback with his full weight.
BC QB Brown leaves Clemson game in 1st quarter
BOSTON (AP) — Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown was taken to a hospital with what his coach said were internal injuries after absorbing a crushing hit from 315-pound defensive lineman Christian Wilkins on the first series of the Eagles 27-7 loss to second-ranked Clemson on Saturday night.
No. 2 Clemson tries to clinch its division against No. 17 BC
No. 2 Clemson (9-0, 6-0 ACC, No. 2 CFP) at No. 17 Boston College (7-2, 4-1, No. 17 CFP), 8 p.m. EST (ABC)
No. 2 Clemson keeps rolling with 77-16 win over Louisville
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence said one of No. 2 Clemson's main goals this year was to have fun.
Few teams in college football appear to be enjoying themselves as much as the surging Tigers.
Travis Etienne ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns and Lawrence, all 350 pounds of him, had a 2-yard scoring run in a 77-16 dismantling of Louisville on Saturday.
No. 2 Clemson seeking 9-0 start against struggling Cards
Louisville (2-6, 0-5 ACC) at No. 2 Clemson (8-0, 5-0, No. 2 CFP), noon EDT (ABC)
Line: Clemson by 37.
Series record: Clemson leads 4-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Every game now for Clemson is clear step toward securing a College Football Playoff berth. The Tigers were ranked second in the opening CFP rankings this week. Louisville is hoping to avoid its first six-game losing streak since 1998.
Clemson’s Wilkins among 13 finalists for top scholar-athlete
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and Notre Dame linebacker Drue Tranquill are among the 13 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to college football's top scholar-athlete.
AP All-America Watch: TD-scoring d-tackle; Gophers star WR
The Associated Press has been honoring college football's best with an All-America team since 1925. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The sixth All-America watch of the season features Clemson's touchdown-scoring defensive tackle, the receiver carrying Minnesota's offense and a matchup of midseason All-Americans in Saturday's biggest game.
Clemson hands Florida State worst home loss
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — No Atlantic Coast Conference team had ever knocked off Florida State for four straight years. Clemson spent the week making sure it would be the first.
Trevor Lawrence threw four touchdown passes, and No. 2 Clemson handed Florida State its worst home loss in program history with a 59-10 victory on Saturday.
No. 3 Clemson faces ACC showdown with undefeated ’Cuse
Syracuse (4-0, 1-0 ACC) at No. 3 Clemson (4-0, 1-0), noon (ABC)
Line: Clemson by 22.
Series record: Clemson leads 4-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
A surprise battle for the top of the ACC's Atlantic Division with the winner leaving in the driver's seat. Clemson is 4-0 for the fourth straight season while Syracuse is 4-0 for the first time since joining the league and just the fifth time since the end of World War II.
No. 3 Clemson keeps eyes on the prize facing Georgia Tech
No. 3 Clemson (3-0, 0-0 ACC) at Georgia Tech (1-2, 0-1), 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).
Line: Clemson by 16½
Series record: Georgia Tech leads 50-30-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Clemson has its eyes on the big prize, looking to pile up enough wins for a fourth straight trip to the College Football Playoff. For Georgia Tech, this is a huge chance to turn around a disappointing season. The Yellow Jackets are trying to avoid their third straight loss and first 1-3 start since 2003.
No. 2 Clemson faces Texas A&M team looking to make statement
No. 2 Clemson (1-0) at Texas A&M (1-0), Saturday, 7:05 p.m. ET (ESPN).
Fearsome foursome: Clemson’s D-line set to wreak havoc
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell is tired of the talk, no matter how deserved it may be for the Tigers' fearsome front four.
No. 2 Clemson eases into season against FCS underdog Furman
Furman (8-5 last season) at No. 2 Clemson (12-2), 12:20 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
Reserve Clemson lineman no longer playing, now student coach
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Reserve Clemson defensive lineman Richard Yeargin decides he longer wants to play football after recovering from a neck injury following a 2017 car accident.
A team spokesman says the 6-foot-3, 260-pound graduate student from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida informed Clemson coaches of his decision this week. Yeargin will spend the year as a student coach for the Tigers.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Most seasons, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney feels excited about his Tigers' chances. He's got more reasons than ever with his latest group.
Clemson opened practice Friday with 57 juniors or seniors, the most Swinney has ever had. They include four potential first-round NFL draft picks on the defensive line in tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence and ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Boston College running back AJ Dillon is the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason player of the year.
In voting results released Tuesday, Dillon received 45 of 148 votes from media members at last week's media days to edge Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, who had 42.
Dillon rushed for 1,589 yards last season, the second-most by any freshman in ACC history. He was joined by Florida State's Cam Akers in the backfield of the preseason all-conference team.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson has a big balancing act ahead this season with its loaded defensive line.
The Tigers, who tied Southern Cal for most sacks in the country last fall with 46, received a postseason boost when three of its draft-eligible line starters — tackle Christian Wilkins and ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant — chose to return.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney did a double take the first day of the offseason, early morning workouts last month when he saw starting defensive linemen Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant grinding away with teammates.
Clemson DT Jabril Robinson to transfer
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson reserve defensive tackle Jabril Robinson is leaving the program for his final season.
Robinson announced his decision Monday on the team's Twitter feed. He said he's grateful for his development, both on and off the field, during his four years at Clemson, but felt he would have a better opportunity for playing time elsewhere.
CLEMSON — Excitement surrounding the 2018 season for Clemson Tiger fans reached an all-time high Monday as junior defensive lineman Christian Wilkins announced he would be returning for his senior season of eligibility.
Joining Wilkins in returning for their senior seasons are defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant.
CLEMSON -- Clemson held its annual football awards banquet at the Poe Indoor Football Facility on Jan. 13.
The offensive most valuable players, known as the Tiger Pride Awards were presented to quarterback Kelly Bryant and offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt. On defense, Clelin Ferrell, Ryan Carter and Dorian O’Daniel were honored with Tiger Pride Awards.
The PAW award that is given for outstanding play, academic excellence, community service went to junior tight end Milan Richard.
Clemson DT Wilkins returning for senior year
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's heart, soul and power on defense is intact next season with defensive tackle Christian Wilkins' choice to hold off on the NFL and return to the Tigers.
Wilkins was the last holdout among three draft-eligible underclassmen along the defensive front — all who were projected first-round picks in some mock NFL drafts — to decide to come back to school. On Saturday, defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant announced their intentions to play at Clemson next year.