K’Von Wallace announced Thursday after considering the NFL he will return to Clemson for one more season.
Wallace’s return is a big get for a Clemson defense that is already losing three of its starting front four, two of its starting linebackers and one starting cornerback.
On Wednesday, junior defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence put his named into the NFL Draft hat, while junior linebacker Tre Lamar and junior cornerback Trayvon Mullen did the same. Defensive tackles Christian Wilkins and defensive end Austin Bryant exhausted their eligibility and are already headed towards the NFL Draft.
Clemson is still waiting on word from redshirt junior defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who many expect to turn pro, as well as junior safety Tanner Muse and redshirt sophomore linebacker Isaiah Simmons. They have until Jan. 15 to declare themselves eligible for the draft.
Head coach Dabo Swinney is also waiting on tight end Garrett Williams’ news. The graduate student is contemplating leaving school for a career in the military.
As for Wallace, he gives the Tigers’ some stability in the back end. In his career thus far, the junior has played in 44 games in his first three years, including 21 starts.
This past season, Wallace finished with 53 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception and two forced fumbles.
Wallace helped the Tigers rank first in the country in scoring defense at 13.1 points per game. He also helped a much maligned secondary finish 15th nationally in passing efficiency defense (110.1) and 10th in completion percentage defense (53.2 percent).
Clemson finished fifth nationally in total defense (285.9 yds/game) and 4th in rushing defense (96.3 yds/game).