Clemson's Ferrell returning for senior season

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

Clemson underclassmen Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant, Kendall Joseph and Mark Fields have elected to return to school for another season, according to a tweet from Tigers sports information director Tim Bourret on Saturday night.

Defensive ends Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell have made a decision to forego the NFL Draft and remain in school for their senior season.

The deadline to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft is Monday, Jan. 15. Fields broke up two passes and posted 16 tackles. He was also named the recipient of the Bill Willis Award as the National Defensive Lineman of the Year by the Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club. Wilkins will be honored at the organization's annual banquet on February 17. Ferrell shared team Rookie of the Year honors on defense with rising junior Dexter Lawrence in 2016, totaling 50 tackles, including 12.5 for loss and six sacks.

Bryant came back in his junior season and became the dynamic player that many thought he would be.


Joseph, Ferrell and Bryant were all in the top five this past season in tackles for Clemson.

Ferrell is widely considered the best pro prospect of the bunch, as he racked up 66 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss as a redshirt sophomore in 2017.

Four members of the Clemson Tigers have chose to remain with the team and forgo their opportunity to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Clemson has lost four players who were eligible to return for the 2018 season.

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