Mr. Big Stuff

CLEMSON - Tyler Shatley is one powerful dude. As a matter of fact, he's the strongest player on the team.

The 6-foot-3, 295-pound nose guard from East Burke High School in Icard, N.C. leads all Clemson football players in power clean (375).

He is also tied for first in bench press (450) and power clean push press (300), tied for second in 225-pound bench press reps (36) and is fifth on the team with a 590-pound squat.

Shatley's 1,715 total weight lifted mark is highest on the team.

Last season, Shatley registered 11 tackles and a sack over 127 snaps. With a couple departures from the interior of the Tigers' defensive line, Shatley is ready to make a greater contribution.

"I'm looking forward to getting out there and just playing, trying to contribute to the team as much as a I can," he said.

"I'm just trying to work and give them another guy on the defensive line to help out."

The redshirt sophomore could be in line for some serious minutes this fall, according to defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

"Beyond Rennie [Moore] and Brandon [Thompson], I think, probably, Shatley gives you a good day's work," Steele said. "He's a solid competitor that knows what to do and how to do it."

During his first two years at Clemson, Shatley has worked behind the likes of Thompson, Miguel Chavis and Jamie Cumbie.

"I got to watch them and see their work ethic, especially, how serious they took practice, how focused they were on the smaller details, like hand placement and footwork," Shatley said.

Now, listed behind Thompson as the second-team option at nose guard, Shatley is working some at defensive tackle, too.

"I'm trying to work at nose the most, just so I can have both of those down, in case either one of the guys get hurt or something happens," he said.

The newness of playing along the defensive line has started to wear off.
,br> "In high school, I just ran fullback," Shatley said. "There wasn't very much finesse. It was just running in there and blowing up some holes.

"It's kind of just the same thing on defense -- playing hard-nosed and keep your feet moving." Top Stories