Rudolph Moving On From Clemson

Brad Senkiw

Clemson defensive end Logan Rudolph is moving on from playing football for the Tigers.

The redshirt sophomore from Rock Hill announced his intentions via a video on Twitter on Thursday.

Rudolph leaves Clemson with two years of eligibility remaining. He didn’t say what he’ll be doing next in his life, but it appears it will be something outside of football.

“Every day that I put that helmet on I tried to compete in a way that made Clemson University proud,” Rudolph said in the video. “As I close out this next chapter of my football career and I graduate in May, I just want to say thank you to those that supported us, inspired us, cheered us on. I’ll always be a Clemson Tiger.”

Rudolph recorded 23 tackles, five tackles for a loss, one sack and one fumble returned for a touchdown in 2019.

In his farewell video, Rudolph, whose brother is Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, he was watching the commitment video of him chopping wood. He talked about the impact Clemson and Dabo Swinney made on him, as well as his other coaches and teammates. 

Rudolph was a part of three ACC championships, three trips to the College Football Playoff and one national title. 

He started nine games in 2019 and made up a trio of defensive end regulars with Xavier Thomas and Justin Foster, who all played over 400 snaps. Rudolph certainly would've had a shot at starting in 2020. 

Instead, Williams and Foster will likely be penciled in as the spring starters with rising redshirt sophomore K.J. Henry (2 sacks, 4.5 TFLs) sliding into Rudolph's role. Justin Mascoll, a redshirt freshman in 2019, had 252 snaps in has a chance at getting more playing time. Greg Williams, who redshirted last season, is another player who could benefit from Rudolph's departure. 

And then there are the freshmen. Clemson was already bringing in reinforcements with Myles Murphy, an early enrollee who is 247Sports' No. 2 defensive lineman in the 2020 class. No. 1 is Bryan Bresee, a defensive tackle who could also play on the outside.