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.