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Bryan Bresee enters 2023 NFL Draft

January 2, 2023

Clemson defensive lineman and former five-star recruit Bryan Bresee has announced that he will enter the 2023 NFL Draft.

In a post on his Instagram account, Bresee thanked Clemson Tiger Nation for their support during his time in Tiger Town.">

“When I committed to play football for Clemson University, I never could have imagined how special this opportunity would be. The support I have received from the Clemson community the past 3 seasons has been amazing. I truly appreciate this experience.

I would like to thank Coach Swinney for offering me a scholarship to play for this program.
His leadership has helped develop me into a better student, football player and man. I will forever be grateful for the love and support he showed to Ella and my family as she battled her cancer diagnosis. The coaching I received at Clemson has been exceptional. Thank you to Coach Wes, Coach Eason, Coach Venables, Coach Bates and the entire Clemson staff for the countless hours you spent helping me become a better player.

Thank you to all of my teammates. I'm grateful for the brotherhood we have built both on and off the field. I consider you all family for life.

The Clemson fans are the best in college football. There is nothing like playing in Death Valley on Saturdays. Thank you for supporting me and my teammates.
Lastly, I would like to thank my family for their never ending support. I wouldn't be in the position I'm in today without you. I love you all.

It has been a life long dream of mine to play in the NFL. After much thought and many prayers, I would like to announce that I am declaring for the 2023 NFL draft. Although I'm excited for this next chapter in my football journey, I will always be a Clemson Tiger.”

Bresee’s Bio from

Former No. 1 recruit in the country who burst onto the scene as a Freshman All-American in 2020 … became the second ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year in Clemson history, joining Dexter Lawrence (2016) … enters 2022 credited with 48 tackles (9.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, two pass breakups, an interception, a forced fumble and a safety in 586 defensive snaps over 16 games (14 starts).

2022: Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist … second-team All-ACC selection … fourth-team All-ACC pick by Phil Steele … recorded five tackles (2.0 for loss) and a half-sack at Georgia Tech … recorded two tackles in “Ella Strong” game vs. Furman, a game dedicated to his younger sister Ella in the midst of her battle with brain cancer … posted one tackle and a critical double-overtime pass breakup at No. 21 Wake Forest … had a key sack on a third down in the fourth quarter vs. No. 14 Syracuse to help Clemson protect a late lead in a comeback victory … made a tackle at Notre Dame … recorded two tackles (1.5 for loss), a sack and a pass breakup vs. Louisville … added two tackles vs. No. 24 North Carolina.

2021: Third-team All-ACC selection despite being limited to four games … credited with 15 tackles (3.0 for loss), 1.5 sacks and an interception over 154 snaps in four games (all starts) … contributed seven tackles (one for loss) vs. No. 5 Georgia … added two tackles vs. SC State … recorded 2.0 tackles for loss, a career-high 1.5 sacks and his first career interception in sharing team defensive player of the game honors vs. Georgia Tech, sealing the game by hauling in a desperation forward lateral attempt on the Yellow Jackets’ final play … made two tackles at NC State prior to exiting the game with an injury.

2020: Credited with 33 tackles (6.5 for loss), 4.0 sacks, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a safety in 432 snaps over 12 games (10 starts) as a true freshman … also recorded two snaps on offense in Clemson’s goal line jumbo package … along with fellow true freshmen Myles Murphy and Trenton Simpson, their four sacks each tied William Perry (4.0 in 1981), Ricky Sapp (4.0 in 2006) and Shaq Lawson (4.0 in 2013) for third-most sacks by a Clemson true freshman all-time … his four sacks were the most by a true freshman interior lineman in 2020, Clemson’s second straight season having the FBS leader among first-year defensive tackles in that category (Tyler Davis in 2019) … Freshman All-American according to The Athletic, ESPN and Rivals … ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year … first-team All-ACC honoree … also named first-team All-ACC by the AP … made impressive collegiate debut at Wake Forest, posting three tackles and a half-sack in addition to recording the Tigers’ first blocked field goal since the second week of 2018 … he and fellow true freshman Myles Murphy became the first Clemson first-year freshmen to record a sack in a season opener since Dexter Lawrence and Tre Lamar in 2016 … posted two tackles and a pass breakup in his first career start vs. The Citadel … recorded four tackles (two solo) with his first full sack and a pass breakup vs. Virginia … helped Clemson limit No. 7 Miami to 210 yards … had one tackle at Georgia Tech … recorded two tackles including a half-sack in which he forced a fumble that Andrew Booth Jr. returned 21 yards for a touchdown vs. Syracuse … recorded three tackles vs. Boston College, including a game-clinching sack when he forced an intentional grounding in the end zone for a safety to earn team defensive player of the game honors … registered five tackles (one for loss) at No. 4 Notre Dame … made two tackles vs. Pitt … added two tackles at Virginia Tech … made three tackles in ACC Championship Game vs. No. 2 Notre Dame … posted six tackles (2.5 for loss) including a sack vs. No. 3 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.

Before Clemson: Played for Eric Wallich at Damascus High School in Damascus, Md., where he concluded career with 134 career tackles, including 80.5 for loss, with 35 sacks … had 47 tackles in 2019, including 30.5 tackles for loss with 14 sacks while also adding two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup … helped team to 13-2 record and state championship as a senior … named first-team postseason All-American by Sports Illustrated … two-time first-team USA Today All-American in 2018 and 2019 … first-team Washington Post All-Met defensive lineman as a junior and senior … Maryland Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 … first-team MaxPreps Junior All-American defensive lineman in 2018 … Montgomery County 3A MVP in 2018 … Gatorade Player of the Year in Maryland as a junior in 2018 … had 36 tackles for loss, including 12 sacks, as a junior, earning first-team MaxPreps Sophomore All-America status in 2017 … Listed as the No. 1 overall player in the nation by 247Sports, which also called him the top defensive tackle in the nation and the top player in the state of Maryland … ranked as the top overall player in the nation by, the top defensive tackle and the top player in Maryland … ranked as the No. 2 player in the nation by PrepStar, the top defensive tackle in the nation and the top player in Maryland … rated as the No. 4 overall player in the nation by, which listed him as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the nation and top player in Maryland …  played basketball as a junior and averaged 13.7 points and 11.9 rebounds … selected to U.S. Army All-American Bowl … committed to Clemson on April 23, 2019 … recruited to Clemson by Todd Bates.

Personal: Born Oct. 6, 2001 … sociology major … enrolled at Clemson in January 2020 … last name pronounced bruh-ZEE.

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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