Ajou Ajou: Canada native loaded with potential who entered 2021 with two career catches for 41 yards and a touchdown in 113 snaps over 10 games.
2021: Caught two passes for 16 yards vs. SC State … made first career start at Syracuse, catching two passes for 19 yards … recorded a 36-yard catch at No. 23 Pitt … credited with a two-yard catch at South Carolina.
Frank Ladson: Deep threat who entered 2021 having previously caught 27 career passes for 409 yards with six touchdowns in 515 snaps over 25 games (four starts).
2021: Gained four yards on one reception vs. No. 5 Georgia … caught an 11-yard pass vs. SC State … added a five-yard reception vs. Georgia Tech … caught one pass at NC State.
Taisun Phommachanh: Entered 2021 having completed 11-of-29 passes for 73 yards and having rushed for 81 yards on 19 carries in 86 snaps over seven games.
2021: Went 7-of-10 for 75 yards with one touchdown and one interception vs. SC State … the passing touchdown vs. SC State was the first of his career and came in the same end zone he was driving toward when he tore his Achilles 161 days earlier during Clemson’s spring game on April 3, 2021 … played briefly in reserve at NC State … rushed once for two yards at Syracuse … completed 3-of-7 passes for 23 yards and rushed twice for 15 yards at No. 23 Pitt … rushed four times for 33 yards at Louisville, including a career-long 26-yard jaunt on his first snap of the game … completed a 33-yard pass and rushed three times for 16 yards with his first career rushing touchdown vs. UConn.
Ray Thorton III: Entered 2021 credited with 17 career tackles and a pass breakup in 161 snaps over 15 games (two starts).
2021: Core special teams contributor … credited with a special teams tackle at Syracuse … added two tackles at No. 23 Pitt and shared team special teams player of the game honors … had one tackle vs. Florida State … notched six tackles (one for loss) vs. UConn … contributed a tackle and a pass breakup vs. No. 13 Wake Forest … made one tackle at South Carolina.
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Kane Patterson: Entered 2021 credited with 34 tackles (3.0 for loss), a sack, a fumble recovery and an interception in 202 snaps in 25 career games.
2021: Played one snap vs. No. 5 Georgia … made four tackles at NC State … added one tackle vs. UConn.
Paul Tchio: Entered 2021 having played 80 career snaps over nine games in his debut season in 2020.
2021: Played 19 snaps vs. No. 5 Georgia … played 33 snaps vs. SC State as Clemson exceeded both 200 rushing yards and 200 passing yards … made first career start at NC State, playing 42 s
Michel Dukes: Entered 2021 with 205 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries in 88 snaps over 18 games.
2021: Rushed twice for seven yards and caught a three-yard pass vs. SC State.
Joseph Charleston:Entered 2021 credited with 68 tackles in 596 snaps over 24 games (six starts).
2021: Added two tackles vs. No. 5 Georgia … made four tackles vs. SC State … contributed a tackle at NC State.
Lyn-J Dixon:Entered 2021 with 1,372 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on 208 career attempts and 183 yards on 18 catches in 519 career snaps over 38 games … entered his fourth season ranked second in school history in yards per carry (6.60) behind Clemson legend and former teammate Travis Etienne.
2021: Rushed once for 10 yards vs. No. 5 Georgia … gained 27 yards on four carries and scored the first receiving touchdown of his career on a 14-yard touchdown pass vs. SC State … rushed five times for 11 yards and caught one pass vs. Georgia Tech.