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Lannden Zanders steps away from football after several shoulder injuries

August 3, 2022
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Clemson safety Lannden Zanders is hanging up his football cleats after suffering several shoulder injuries over the past few seasons.

Zanders announced his decision via social media:

Zanders’ stats during his time at Clemson:

2021: Made two tackles but suffered a season-ending shoulder injury vs. No. 5 Georgia.

2020: Credited with 34 tackles (2.5 for loss), three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a sack in 394 snaps over 10 games (nine starts) … made first career start at Wake Forest and posted six tackles (one for loss) … added a tackle vs. The Citadel … contributed two tackles and two pass breakups vs. Virginia … registered four tackles (0.5 for loss) and a pass breakup vs. No. 7 Miami … added another four tackles vs. Syracuse … recorded a 12-yard sack among his three tackles vs. Boston College … registered two tackles at No. 4 Notre Dame … missed several weeks but returned to add four tackles in ACC Championship Game vs. No. 2 Notre Dame … added five tackles in Sugar Bowl vs. No. 3 Ohio State.

2019: Credited with 21 tackles (2.5 for loss), 2.0 sacks and a pass breakup in 112 defensive snaps over 14 games … made collegiate debut vs. Georgia Tech, making two tackles (0.5 for loss) … recorded four tackles at Syracuse … added an eight-yard sack vs. Charlotte … credited by the coaching staff with two tackles and a pass breakup vs. Florida State … posted two tackles vs. Boston College … recorded four tackles vs. Wofford … added two tackles including a sack at NC State … credited with three tackles vs. Wake Forest … contributed a tackle vs. No. 22 Virginia in the ACC Championship Game.

Before Clemson: Ranked as 24th-best player in North Carolina by ESPN.com … had 51 tackles and five interceptions as a starting safety in 2018 … returned two of his five interceptions for touchdowns … had a fumble return and 175 yards rushing and a touchdown … as a receiver, had 545 receiving yards and eight touchdowns … first-team all-conference … team finished 9-4 in 2018 … in 2017, had 54 tackles and six interceptions to go with seven tackles for loss … had five receiving touchdowns on 24 catches for 363 yards … averaged 15 yards per catch … played his high school football at Crest High School for Nicholas Eddins … Clemson recruiter was Mickey Conn … comes to Clemson from same school that produced Clemson linebacker Justin Foster, as well as former ACC basketball great David Thompson and former NFL linebacker Brandon Spikes … committed to Clemson on April 4, 2018 … enrolled at Clemson in January 2019.

Personal: Born June 19, 2001 … majoring in sociology.

Note: Tackle stats in the bio above reflect statistics from coaches film review. Tackle stats in the table below reflect those as awarded by gameday stat crews.

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