Clemson Football: Tigers' Vic Beasley Returning for Senior Season

Clemson's Beasley to Forgo NFL Draft

1/16/14 in NCAAF   |   Nick_Kaminsky   |   29 respect

Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Vic Beasley (3) during the first half in the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY SportsClemson Tigers first-team All-American defensive end Vic Beasley will be coming back for one more year in Death Valley, the school announced Wednesday.

Beasley totaled 13 sacks in 2013 (No. 3 in the NCAA), and also finished second in the FBS in tackles for loss with 23. He's undoubtedly the best player on the Tigers’ defense, which should give Clemson fans something to cheer about a few weeks before National Signing Day.

Surprisingly, Beasley was projected to be a second-round pick by the draft’s advisory board. I’m surprised due to the fact that Beasley seemed to perform well in big games. He registered two sacks against the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs and No. 10 South Carolina Gamecocks, not to mention his five-tackle, one-sack performance against the No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes in the Orange Bowl. This guy is definitely a big-time talent.

However, there’s definitely some logic in Beasley’s decision to stay one more year. The 6-foot-3, 225 pound defensive end can raise his stock even higher with another season to showcase his tremendous skill set. With South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney out of the mix, Beasley could be the best player at his position next year. I hope he will be ready for even more attention than he received this past season. I’m sure offensive coordinators around the Atlantic Coastal Conference will be planning to avoid Beasley as much as possible.

Beasley needs only eight more sacks to break Clemson’s career sack record, which is currently held by Michael Perry and Gaines Adams. If he performs anywhere near how he did this past season, he should break it with ease.

I’m sure Beasley has 2014's matchup with the Florida State Seminoles circled on his calendar -- better keep a lookout, Mr. Jameis Winston.
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