Clemson linebacker Dorian O’Daniel earns national player of the week award

Clemson linebacker Dorian O’Daniel picked up another award on Tuesday following his dominant performance in the 31-17 win at Virginia Tech.

O’Daniel was selected as the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski national defensive player of the week for the week of Sept. 30 after recording 10 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery and a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown.

The linebacker became the first player in Clemson history with a “pick six,” a sack, a fumble recovery and at least 10 tackles in the same game in Tigers history.

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O’Daniel, a fifth-year senior, has emerged as a difference-maker this season for a dominating Clemson defense that ranks among the nation’s best in scoring defense (10.8 points per game) and total yards allowed (250 yards per game).

For the season, O’Daniel leads the Tigers with 42 tackles and has 5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 2 interception returns for touchdowns and 1 fumble recovery. He is the first linebacker in school history to return 2 interceptions for touchdowns in a season and the first defensive player to have 2 interception returns for touchdowns in a season since 1990.

No. 2 Clemson (5-0 overall, 3-0 in ACC play) is preparing to face Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1) this weekend in an ACC Atlantic Division game.

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