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Clemson's Xavier Thomas will return for 2021 season

January 18, 2021

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Brent Venables’ defense got another shot in the arm today as it was announced through Clemson’s Twitter account that defensive end Xavier Thomas will return for the 2021 season.

Thomas, who was limited this year after dealing with preseason issues from COVID-19 and strep throat will utilize the NCAA’s wavier and have two years remaining to play college football.

According to

Initially intended to play only four games in 2020 and redshirt after complications with COVID-19 and strep throat, but ended up playing seven games upon the NCAA’s blanket eligibility waiver for 2020 … credited with 11 tackles (4.0 for loss), 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble in only 119 snaps over seven games (one start) … made season debut vs. No. 7 Miami … added three tackles (0.5 for loss) at Georgia Tech … recorded three tackles including his first sack of the season vs. Syracuse … added a sack vs. Boston College, giving him a full sack in back-to-back games for the first time in his career … made one tackle at No. 4 Notre Dame … forced a fumble on a sack vs. Pitt … had a half-sack among his two tackles at Virginia Tech.

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