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  01/19/21 - Xavier ThomasrJr/2023, Clemson, 6-2, 265 (DS#7 DE) + More +

  Xavier Thomas is returning to Clemson for the 2021 season, looking to finally live up to the hype. The former five-star recruit and No. 3 overall prospect for the class of 2018 has played in 34 games through the first three years of his career. He has nine sacks in those 34 games. Thomas was a candidate to transfer or turn pro following this past season but will instead return to Clemson, the school announced late Monday via social media. It has been a difficult college career for Thomas thus far. He had a disappointing sophomore season that saw him record only two sacks and ended with him being suspended for the first quarter of the national title game. This past season he missed the first three games of the year after battling COVID-19 and strep throat over the summer. - The State

(DS#7 DE) rJr/2023 DE Xavier ThomasClemson
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  01/19/21 - Nolan TurnerrSr/2022, Clemson, 6-1, 205 (DS#12 SS) + More +

  Clemson's entire starting defense is returning for the 2021 season. Tigers senior safety Nolan Turner announced on Instagram Sunday night that he is coming back to school for a sixth year. He is able to do that after the NCAA decided last August to give all fall sport student-athletes an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Turner is the final Clemson starting defender to make a decision on his future. He joins senior linebacker James Skalski, junior linebacker Baylon Spector and junior cornerback Derion Kendrick as players who announced that they will return to school. - The State

(DS#12 SS) rSr/2022 SS Nolan TurnerClemson
News Source: The State
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  01/17/21 - Travis EtienneSr/2021, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  One year after many NFL draft analysts expected him to bolt for pro dollars, Travis Etienne is moving on. The Clemson running back on Friday officially declared for the 2021 NFL draft. He leaves the Tigers as the program's all-time leading rusher (4,952 yards). Etienne earned ACC Player of the Year honors in 2018 and 2019. He surprised many fans and media members by returning to Clemson in 2020 for his senior year. He could have returned in 2021 as the NCAA granted all 2020 players an extra year of eligibility. - Charleston Post Courier

(DS#1 RB) Sr/2021 RB Travis EtienneClemson
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  01/16/21 - Justyn RossrJr/2023, Clemson, 6-3, 205 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Clemson's Justyn Ross has made his decision on his future. The star receiver will return to school, he announced on Twitter Thursday night. Ross is coming back to Clemson after missing this past season due to a congenital fusion in his spine. Ross was named a freshman All-American in 2018 after catching 46 passes for a team-high 1,000 receiving yards. In 2019, he led the Tigers in catches with 66 for 865 yards and eight touchdowns. The former Phenix City High (Alabama) star was expected to be a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft before being injured. - The State

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2023 WR Justyn RossClemson
News Source: The State
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  01/13/21 - Derion KendrickJr/2022, Clemson, 6-0, 190 (DS#1 CB) + More +

  Clemson's top cornerback is returning for his senior season. Derion Kendrick announced on Instagram Monday night that he has made his NFL choice and is returning for one more year. Kendrick posted a picture with the caption "one mo" on Instagram and a source confirmed that Kendrick is indeed returning to school. Kendrick started eight games for the Tigers this past season, leading Clemson in pass breakups with six. He also had 17 tackles, one sack, an interception and a fumble recovery that he returned 66 yards for a touchdown. Kendrick was projected to be a late first round pick in this year's NFL draft by some. - The State

(DS#1 CB) Jr/2022 CB Derion KendrickClemson
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  01/08/21 - James SkalskirSr/2022, Clemson, 6-0, 235 (DS#12 ILB) + More +

  Clemson linebacker James Skalski is already the first player to ever play in five ACC championship games. Now he has an opportunity to become the first to ever play in six. Skalski announced Thursday that he is returning to Clemson for a sixth season. He's able to do that after the NCAA decided last August to give all fall sport student-athletes an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The return of Skalski is huge for Brent Venables and the Clemson defense. Skalski is not only an All-ACC performer but is also someone Dabo Swinney described as "the heart and soul" of Clemson's defense this past season. - The State

(DS#12 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB James SkalskiClemson
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  01/08/21 - *Jackson CarmanJr/2021, Clemson, 6-5, 335 (DS#12 OT) + More +

  Clemson's best and most experienced offensive lineman is leaving for the NFL. Left tackle Jackson Carman announced Wednesday night that he is entering the NFL draft. Jackson, a former five-star recruit, was named second-team All-ACC this past season. The Ohio native was a two-year starter for the Tigers, starting all 15 games in 2019 and all 12 games this year. Carman declared for the NFL draft the same day that Tigers star quarterback Trevor Lawrence announced that he is also turning pro. - The State

(DS#12 OT) Jr/2021 OT *Jackson CarmanClemson
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  01/07/21 - *Trevor LawrenceJr/2021, Clemson, 6-6, 220 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2020 MAXWELL AWARD (COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S TOP PLAYER) FINALIST: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson...Lawrence is 198-for-286 passing (.692) for 2,753 yards and 22 touchdowns, while also rushing for 211 yards and seven scores. He ranks seventh in FBS in total offense (329.3) and eighth in total QBR (85.6). The product of Cartersville, Ga., also is listed nationally in passing yards (10th), passing efficiency (11th, 172.7), touchdown passes (12th) and points responsible for (12th, 174). - Clemson Football

(DS#1 QB) Jr/2021 QB *Trevor LawrenceClemson
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  01/07/21 - Travis EtienneSr/2021, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  2020 DOAK WALKER AWARD (TOP RUNNING BACK) FINALIST: Travis Etienne, Clemson,...Etienne played in all 11 games as a premiere running back and pass catcher who saw spot duty on kick and punt returns at crucial times in big games. He touched the ball an average of 18 times per game rushing, receiving and returning punts and kicks; averaged 145.3 all-purpose yards per game; and scored 15 touchdowns rushing and receiving. - Clemson Football

(DS#1 RB) Sr/2021 RB Travis EtienneClemson
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  01/07/21 - *Trevor LawrenceJr/2021, Clemson, 6-6, 220 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2020 DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD FINALIST: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson,...Lawrence is 198-for-286 passing (.692) for 2,753 yards and 22 touchdowns, while also rushing for 211 yards and seven scores. He ranks seventh in FBS in total offense (329.3) and eighth in total QBR (85.6). The product of Cartersville, Ga., also is listed nationally in passing yards (10th), passing efficiency (11th, 172.7), touchdown passes (12th) and points responsible for (12th, 174). In nine games, the 6-6, 220-pound junior passed for more than 300 yards five times with a pair of 400-yard games. Clemson (10-1) is 9-0 in contests started by Lawrence and is the second seed in the College Football Playoffs. - Davey O'Brien Award

(DS#1 QB) Jr/2021 QB *Trevor LawrenceClemson
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  01/07/21 - *Trevor LawrenceJr/2021, Clemson, 6-6, 220 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Clemson's wait for a Heisman trophy winner continues. Tigers star quarterback Trevor Lawrence finished second in Heisman voting, it was revealed Tuesday night. The award is given annually to the best player in college football. Lawrence is the runner-up behind Alabama senior receiver DeVonta Smith, who had 105 catches for 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. Lawrence was only the second Clemson player to be named a Heisman finalist. He missed two games in the 2020 regular season but still completed nearly 70% of his passes for 2,753 yards, 22 touchdowns and four interceptions. He had seven rushing scores. Former Tigers QB Deshaun Watson named a Heisman finalist twice, finishing as the runner-up in 2016 and third in 2015. - The State

(DS#1 QB) Jr/2021 QB *Trevor LawrenceClemson
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  01/06/21 - *Trevor LawrenceJr/2021, Clemson, 6-6, 220 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has made it official - he's heading to the NFL. Lawrence, the 6-foot-6 QB with the power arm and flowing hair, released a video on social media Wednesday announcing he was leaving school and declaring for the NFL draft. "I really feel like I'm a man now and I'm ready to take on those challenges," Lawrence said. "Super excited for life ahead. I'm grateful for Clemson and I'm going to miss it." Lawrence had said in September he planned to play his junior season, graduate in December and move on to the NFL.

However, in October, Lawrence discussed keeping his options open, which included possibly returning for another year of college as discussions of the No. 1 pick intensified between the then winless New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars finished 1-15 and have the top pick in the draft and are expected to take Lawrence. He finished 34-2 in his college career, leading Clemson to three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and the national title after the 2018 season. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy race Tuesday night to Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith. - AP College Football


(DS#1 QB) Jr/2021 QB *Trevor LawrenceClemson
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  01/05/21 - Cornell PowellSr/2021, Clemson, 6-0, 210 (DS#26 WR) + More +

  The senior wideout continued his incredible second half of the year, leading all receivers in the game with eight catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Powell found himself matched up with Ohio State's top cornerback Shaun Wade on several occasions and consistently got the best of Wade. Powell finished the year with 53 catches for 882 yards and seven touchdowns. He had 39 catches for 730 yards and five touchdowns over the final six games of the year. - The State

(DS#26 WR) Sr/2021 WR Cornell PowellClemson
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  01/05/21 - Derion KendrickJr/2022, Clemson, 6-0, 190 (DS#1 CB) + More +

  Fields was brilliant against the Clemson secondary. He finished 22-of-28 passing for 385 yards and six touchdowns with one interception. He often picked on safety Joseph Charleston, who started the first half in place of starter Nolan Turner. Turner was forced to miss the first two quarters because of a targeting call from the Tigers' win over Notre Dame in the ACC Championship game. Cornerback Derion Kendrick was also a favorite target of Fields. Most glaringly, he was beaten by wide receiver Chris Olave late in the third quarter on a 56-yard touchdown. - Charleston Post Courier

(DS#1 CB) Jr/2022 CB Derion KendrickClemson
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  01/03/21 - Travis EtienneSr/2021, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  2020 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD FINALIST: Travis Etienne, Senior running back/kick returner, Clemson,...Etienne played in all 11 games as a premiere running back and pass catcher who saw spot duty on kick and punt returns at crucial times in big games. He touched the ball an average of 18 times per game rushing, receiving and returning punts and kicks; averaged 145.3 all-purpose yards per game; and scored 15 touchdowns rushing and receiving. Etienne returned a kickoff to near midfield to help change the momentum when Clemson trailed Boston College 28-13, and set the tone for the second half with a 37-yard kickoff return to near midfield in the ACC Championship against Notre Dame. Etienne earned Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll twice: 264 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in a win against Boston College; and in the ACC Championship, he touched the ball three different ways for 189 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. - The Louisville Sports Commission

(DS#1 RB) Sr/2021 RB Travis EtienneClemson
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