He's back: Vic Beasley returning for senior season

Orange Bowl - Vic Beasley celebrates after sacking Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller in the first quarter

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Orange Bowl - Vic Beasley celebrates after sacking Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller in the first quarter

Clemson junior defensive end Vic Beasley ended over a week-long's suspense by announcing his senior-season return Wednesday night.

Beasley received a second-round grade from the NFL draft advisory board, but had consistently found his name in first-round mock drafts. By midweek before the Wednesday's deadline for early entry, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he was "struggling" and later "torn" over the decision.

After Beasley's attending classes this week, Swinney said he still hadn't heard word, but late Wed., Beasley's TigerTown return was announced via press release.

All he needed was a position at Clemson - and there was no going back - in the midst of one of the most successful two-year runs in school history.

“Vic coming out of high school was a great tailback,” Tigers co-defensive coordinator and ends coach Marion Hobby said this summer. “Then he came here and he was a tailback and then a tight end and then he was a linebacker.

“We end up having just four defensive ends on scholarship (in 2011) and we see this fast guy and we say – ‘Well, I think he’s an end. Give him to me.’”

Hobby's challenge to the Adairsville, Ga. product this season was staying the field as an every-down player.

After totaling eight sacks as a third-down specialist in 2012, Beasley played over 20 more snaps a game this season (560), which was the second-most on the d-line. The production came with it, to say the least.

He announced his presence with a two-sack effort in the opener versus Georgia and led the nation two-thirds into the season with 10 sacks in eight games. Beasley finished with the third-highest amount in a single season at Clemson (13).

His overall game saw a major boost as well year-to-year. Beasley had no tackles for loss outside of sacks in 2012 and only six more tackles total. In his career finale, he almost tripled his TFL (23) and tackle numbers (42).

A Ted Hendricks Award finalist (top DE), the Tigers' No. 3 finished third nationally in sacks (two behind leader Trent Murphy of Stanford) and fourth in TFL (5.5 behind leader Aaron Donald of Pittsburgh).

Beasley's 21-sack two-year total is the highest at Clemson since Gaines Adams in 2005-06 (22), who was drafted No. 4 overall after four years as a Tiger. He needs just eight sacks in 2014 to break the school record of 28 held by Michael Dean Perry and Adams.

He's totaled 57 career tackles, 21 sacks and 31 tackles for loss. All of his career sacks have come against FBS competition and 15 in ACC play.

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TigerNE writes:

No big surprise, but great news! Hope there's a party in Clemson tonight...

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

This is big time good news for Clemson. There is no telling what this could do for our team by Vic coming back for his senior year. We had a good defense this year and now, with him coming back and, with all the other good players coming back and the young ones, we may have a defense to almost match the '81 defense and they were really good. This is great news and I for one thank him from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for coming back.

clemvol writes:

One person doesn't make a team but it's a start. Give us a defensive team with a nasty, mean, ugly attitude over great offense any day. It appears some pieces are starting to fall in place and hopefully the coaches will know what to do with this talent. Stop trying to be friends with them, hold them accountable, put them on the bench if need be and turn them loose. In other words, get out of your own way.

brookesdad729 writes:

in response to clemvol:

One person doesn't make a team but it's a start. Give us a defensive team with a nasty, mean, ugly attitude over great offense any day. It appears some pieces are starting to fall in place and hopefully the coaches will know what to do with this talent. Stop trying to be friends with them, hold them accountable, put them on the bench if need be and turn them loose. In other words, get out of your own way.

I couldn't agree with you more! It's time to get straight up nasty and if you don't cut the mustard you'll ride the bench! Our schedule next year is going to be a little more difficult than this year especially the away games! Time to get 'er done son! Go Tigers!

TigerFan95 writes:

Our defense was good last year but now its time to take that next step and become a great one. Beasley coming back will provide a big piece of the puzzle. I see us having another solid season next year and getting back to our Clemson roots-----playing dominant defense, having a strong ball controlling running game and beating SC. That would make me one happy tiger.

ddop32 writes:

Our defensive rotation will be sick. At DE you have Beasley, Crawford, Lawson, Barnes, Ogundeko and at DL we have Jarrett, Reader, Watson, Watkins, Williams, Pagano....we have pure athletes we can sub in and that are competing against each other.

BlueRidgeBengal writes:

wow. not sure what's more surprising that Vic came back or i that i can finally agree with a post by clemvol.

Bigboots writes:

Welcome back.
No more ridiculous gestures such as Superman ripping his shirt open, please.
Just smash the guy with the ball, get up and go back to your position.

kellytown writes:

i agree with all comments. I can't believe i said that!!!We will have one of the best defenses in the Nation and thats what wins games. We can get back to ground and pound with big physical backs. More 3 and outs for oposing offenses Quarterbacks BEWARE the TIGER TRAIN IS COMING.and Vic Beasley is the Conductor. GO TIGERS.

Xander5000 writes:

Possible 4 seniors on the defensive line gives us a huge chance to really put our foot on teams next year. Thats right Vic come back to cause chaos on opposing offenses. Come back and get even more money in the NFL next year.

CUTigers1865 writes:

THIS IS HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!! D' line will be nasty next year. Also, If linebackers can stay healthy it will be an all out war for opposing offenses. This will be one of the most physical CU defenses we've had in quite some time.

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