Vic Beasley is listed as the 10th best player in the nation, third among defensive players by the Sporting News in its Pre-Spring Practice ranking. The rising senior is one of just three 2013 consensus All-Americans returning for the 2014 season.
The only defensive players ranked ahead of Beasley by the Sporting News are Leonard Williams of Southern California, and Rand Gregory of Nebraska. He is also third among ACC players, trailing only Jameis Winston and Cameron Erving of Florida State.
Last year Beasley was a consensus All-American and first-team All-ACC defensive end. He had 23 tackles for loss and 13 sacks to help Clemson lead the nation in tackles for loss as a team and rank 13th in sacks per game. His 23 sacks in 13 games ranked second in the nation on a per game basis and his sacks per game figure ranked third best. He was also tied for 10th in the nation in caused fumbles with four.
The native of Adairsville, GA made an incredible improvement last year. As a sophomore in 2012, Beasley played just 288 snaps and did not start a game, but he had eight sacks to lead the Clemson team. Then this year he started every game on Clemson’s 11-2 team that finished the season seventh in the nation.
Winston, Stanford all-purpose player Ty Montgomery, and Beasley are the only three returning consensus All-Americans from last year.
Top 10 College Football Players for 2014 by Sporting News
Rk Player Pos School
1. Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
2. Jameis Winston QB Florida State
3. Todd Gurley RB Georgia
4. Leonard Williams DL Southern California
5. Randy Gregory DE Nebraska
6. Bryce Petty QB Baylor
7. Brett Hundley QB UCLA
8. Dorial Green-Beckham WR Missouri
9. Cameron Erving OT Florida State
10. Vic Beasley DE Clemson