Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley announced today that hewill return for his senior season with the Tiger football team. The defensiveend 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 inthe USA Today poll. It was Clemson's highest final national ranking since 1981.
Beasley led the ACC in sacks with 13 and finished second intackles for loss with 23. His sack figure on a per game basis was third best inthe nation and his tackle for loss figure on a per game basis ranked second. Heled the nation in tackles for loss per game against teams that finished theseason with a winning record (19 in eight games). He was also 10thin the nation in caused fumbles with four.
Beasley had a strong game against Ohio State in the DiscoverOrange Bowl with four tackles for loss and a sack, a big reason the Tigersdefeated the sixth-ranked Buckeyes, 40-35. It was the most tackles for loss ina bowl game for a Clemson player and tied for the third-most tackles for lossin any BCS Bowl game dating to 1999.
Beasley was named a first-team All-American by the WalterCamp Foundation, USA Today, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated among others.He was a second-team selection by the Associated Press and the Football WritersAssociation. He was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given tothe top defensive end in college football, and was a semifinalist for theBednarik Award and the Lombardi Award.
Three times this year Beasley was named the ACC DefensiveLineman of the Week, in Clemson's wins over NC State, Syracuse and BostonCollege. He was the national Defensive MVP for the first half of the season byESPN.
Beasley achieved all this in his first year as a starter. Heplayed just 304 snaps over his first two years. He had eight sacks as a backupin 2012 when he helped the Tigers to an 11-2 record and number-nine nationalranking.
Beasley has 21 career sacks and needs just eight in 2014 tobreak the school record of 28 held by Michael Dean Perry and Gaines Adams.