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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.
Defensive linemen dominate this year’s combine class
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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 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.
Suspended Clemson DT Lawrence among 3 Tigers off to NFL
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Suspended Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is headed to the NFL.
Lawrence is the 350-pound, 6-foot-4 lineman who missed the Tigers' College Football Playoff games after he and two teammates tested positive for the banned substance ostarine. Lawrence attended both games and celebrated with teammates Monday night after a 44-16 victory over Alabama in the national championship game.
Lawrence announced his decision on Twitter Wednesday.
Clemson’s Swinney says suspended DT Lawrence will be missed
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said suspended starting defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will be missed against top-ranked Alabama on Monday night.
Swinney said Sunday that Lawrence has been a difference-maker in the middle of the line all season and would've been that against the Crimson Tide in the national championship game in Santa Clara.
Past AP prep football player of the year winners for NC
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Winners of The Associated Press prep football player of the year awards for North Carolina:
2018_Sam Howell, QB, Indian Trail Sun Valley (offense); Power Echols, LB, Charlotte Vance (defense)
2017_Holton Ahlers, QB, Greenville Conley (offense); Dax Hollifield, LB, Shelby (defense)
2016_Sage Surratt, WR, Lincolnton (offense); Darius Hodge, LB, Wake Forest (defense)
2015_Chazz Surratt, QB, East Lincoln (offense); Dexter Lawrence, DT, Wake Forest (defense)
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.
NCAA confirms suspension of Clemson star DT Dexter Lawrence
DALLAS (AP) — Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will not play against No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl after the NCAA confirmed a suspension Thursday for a failed test for performance-enhancing drugs, possibly ending the talented junior's college career.
Lawrence is one of three Clemson players who tested positive for ostarine, a substance used to treat osteoporosis that can act like an anabolic steroid. The usual NCAA suspension for a failed PED test is one calendar year.
The Latest: NCAA confirms suspension for Clemson DT Lawrence
The Latest on media days for the College Football Playoff semifinals (all times EST):
Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will not play against No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl after the NCAA confirmed a suspension for a failed test for performance-enhancing drugs, possibly ending the highly touted junior's college career.
Lawrence was one of three Clemson players who tested positive for ostarine, a substance used to treat osteoporosis that can act like an anabolic steroid.
Clemson preparing to face Notre Dame without DT Lawrence
DALLAS (AP) — No. 2 Clemson is preparing to be without star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, who failed an NCAA test for performance-enhancing drugs, when it plays No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday.
Clemson DT Lawrence, 2 others, face ban for failed PED test
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and two other players failed NCAA tests for performance enhancing drugs and might not play in the Cotton Bowl against No. 3 Notre Dame.
- WRAL-TVThese NC high school grads expect to be drafted in the 2019 NFL DraftApril 26, 2019
- The Washington TimesDexter Lawrence, Clemson prospect, injures hamstring running 40 at combineMarch 3, 2019
- Norfolk Daily NewsJoe's Morning Sports-Friday, December 28, 2018December 29, 2018
- The Detroit NewsClemson's Dexter Lawrence to Lions in McShay's 2019 mock draftMay 3, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Clemson’s Swinney: DT Lawrence will sit against Citadel
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson starting defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will miss his second straight game with a right foot injury.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday that Lawrence's injury had improved, but he still wanted him as healthy as possible before returning to the field.
Clemson DT Lawrence out with foot injury
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's defense is playing Florida State without two starters in tackle Dexter Lawrence and linebacker Kendall Joseph.
Lawrence is out with a right foot injury sustained a few games ago while Joseph hurt his left in a win over North Carolina State last weekend
Lawrence, the 6-foot-5, 340-pound sophomore, was in sweats and a walking boot on his right foot during warmups. Lawrence had started the previous nine games, making 33 tackles.
For first time all season, Clemson faces a defensive line as good as its own
CLEMSON — Kelly Bryant has no hesitation. He doesn’t even have to think about an answer.
“Oh yeah,” the Clemson quarterback said when asked if the defensive line he faces every day in practice sets him up for success on game days. “It just makes the game a little bit easier ... what we go through in practice, I feel like it helps us on Saturdays.”
No. 7 Clemson hopes to get back on track vs Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech (4-2, 3-1 ACC) at No. 7 Clemson (6-1, 4-1), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN2).
Line: Clemson by 15 ½.
Series record: Georgia Tech leads 51-29-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Georgia Tech is hoping to take down a ranked opponent and keep itself in the ACC Coastal title chase while Clemson seeks to return to the winning track after its first loss of the season, 27-24, at Syracuse on Oct. 13.
No. 4 Clemson visits No. 12 VTech in early ACC showdown
No. 2 Clemson (4-0, 1-0 ACC) at No. 12 Virginia Tech (4-0, 0-0), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
Sapakoff: Clemson’s Kelly Bryant steals The Thrilla in The ’Ville spotlight from Lamar Jackson
LOUISVILLE, KY. — All-Planet Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson had a few of those Heisman Trophy moments, juking his way along the sideline and hanging tough in the pocket to deliver strikes down the field.
Postcard from Louisville: Clemson looking for another photo-finish Louisville hero
LOUISVILLE, KY. – Right next to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is Churchill Downs, where they love their mint juleps and photo finishes (though not necessarily in that order).
If Clemson is unable to manhandle Lamar Jackson and Louisville on Saturday night, the Tigers might have to find their fourth straight photo-finish hero to notch a fourth straight ACC victory over the Cardinals.
CLEMSON—How does a Clemson defense that has held each of its first two opponents (Kent State and Auburn) to a combined 237 yards improve heading into week three?
Lock It Down: Clemson D makes its case as country’s best
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's defense not only shut down Auburn — it left little doubt which side of the ball would lead its latest try for a national championship.
The Tigers (2-0), who stayed No. 3 in the latest rankings, had 11 sacks and held No. 15 Auburn to 117 total yards in a 14-6 victory on Saturday night.
Clemson title game hero Hunter Renfrow seeking bigger role
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — It seems impossible for any Clemson fan to overlook 5-foot-11 Hunter Renfrow after his game-winning catch clinched the Tigers first national title in 35 years.
But there was Renfrow at a Brazilian steakhouse on Hilton Head this summer alongside bigger teammates — defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence and offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt — all projected as high NFL draft picks the next two seasons.
Clemson leaning on defense early until offense gets going
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's ascent to a national title was fueled by a dynamic group of skill players on offense like quarterback Deshaun Watson and receiver Mike Williams. If the Tigers hope to climb that mountain again this season, it will likely be on the backs of talented defenders like linemen Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence.
At 337 pounds, Dexter Lawrence gave up ice cream and learned how to eat to maintain healthy muscle mass
CLEMSON — Dexter Lawrence showed up at Clemson’s old football facility in the WestZone a year ago and plopped down for his first day of breakfast as a new freshman on campus.
Christian Wilkins could not believe what he was watching.
“Well, he can eat, first of all,” Wilkins prefaced with a laugh.
Then he began to jog his memory about a meal for the ages.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville and five players from reigning national champion Clemson headline the preseason all-Atlantic Coast Conference team.
The ACC on Wednesday announced the team following a vote of 167 media members who attended last week's media days in Charlotte.
The Tigers were represented by three offensive players — receiver Deon Cain and linemen Mitch Hyatt and Tyrone Crowder — plus defensive linemen Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins.
Clemson leads all ACC schools with five players selected to All-conference preseason football team
CLEMSON — The ACC announced its All-conference preseason football team on Wednesday, and while so much has been made of who Clemson is losing this season, the Tigers still led all schools with five selections.
Wide receiver Deon Cain, offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, offensive guard Tyrone Crowder, and defensive tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence all got the nod. The team was voted on by 167 media members at ACC Kickoff last week.
Two Clemson players named to Bednarik Watch list; ESPYs set for Wednesday
CLEMSON — There are still 84 other players and at least a dozen games to wade through first, but as college football season ticks closer and closer, two more Clemson defenders are on a preseason watch list for another prestigious national award.
On Monday, the Maxwell Football Club named defensive tackles Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins early candidates for the Bednarik Award, presented each year to college football's defensive player of the year since 1995.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Kelly Bryant will start summer camp as Clemson's starting quarterback and will get the first shot at replacing the Tigers' All-American Deshaun Watson.
Bryant was listed as the starter on the Tigers summer depth chart released on Monday. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound junior has spent the past two seasons as a backup for Watson and Nick Schussler.