COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley wants one more season with the Tigers.
The Atlantic Coast Conference leader with 13 sacks this season has decided to postpone a shot at the NFL and play his senior season at Clemson. The school announced Beasley's decision Wednesday.
When asked what Beasley's choice meant for the Tigers in 2014, coach Dabo Swinney texted back, "Lot of sacks."
The announcement also means one of the best defensive lines in the country stays together for one last season. The Tigers led the Football Bowl Subdivision in tackles for loss, and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and defensive end Corey Crawford also decided to return.
But Beasley was the group's dynamic star, and he stretched out his decision to the final few hours before the deadline for eligible underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Beasley, from Adairsville, Ga., came to Clemson as a running back prospect who also was tried at tight end before switching to defense. He was a pass-rushing specialist as a sophomore, leading the Tigers with eight sacks.
Beasley proved he could play all downs this season, upping his sack totals and finishing with 23 tackles for loss, which was second in the ACC.
He looks lost sometimes in the trenches amid the 300-pounders who line up in front of him. But then Beasley uses his "Dip-n-Rip" move — he ducks his shoulders and uses his long arms to move linemen out of the way — which often ends in a Clemson tackle.
Beasley received a second-round NFL draft grade before Clemson's 40-35 victory over Ohio State in the Orange Bowl. He seemed a solid bet to leave along with junior receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant, and cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who each gave up their senior seasons for the pros.