Branch was a first-team All-ACC pick in 2011 after leading the Tigers in tackles for loss (17) and sacks (10.5), marks that ranked third and first in the conference, respectively. The defensive end was second on the team in tackles (85) and also recorded 17 quarterback hurries. He is tied for fourth in school history with 17.5 career sacks and made at least one tackle in 41 straight games. Branch leaves Clemson with 197 tackles, 33.5 tackles for loss 40 quarterback hurries and 11 pass breakups in 27 career starts.
Had 55 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, 16 quarterback pressures, and seven pass breakups in 13 starts (651 snaps)... second on the team in sacks and tied for second in quarterback pressures... gave Clemson a great defensive end tandem with Da'Quan Bowers...had four combined tackles for loss in the first two games... had three tackles for loss and two sacks against Presbyterian College; named team defensive player-of-the-game by the coaches...had seven tackles at #15 Auburn...had four tackles against Georgia Tech when he played linebacker...had five tackles, a sack, and four quarterback pressures against #23 N.C. State...had seven tackles in 55 snaps against #17 South Carolina...had six tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack in 51 snaps against South Florida.
Did not start a game, but played in all 14 games for an average of 24 snaps per game...finished the year with 46 tackles, including eight for loss...the tackle total was second-best among non-starters and his eight tackles for loss tied for fourth-best on the team...had four tackles in 21 snaps off the bench in the win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl...had at least four tackles in eight of the 14 games, including six of the last seven...had just one tackle against Virginia, but it was a big 11-yard sack...had season-high five tackles in wins over Middle Tennessee and Coastal Carolina...had violent six-yard sack against Wake Forest...had at least one tackle for loss in four straight games at mid-season, Clemson won all four of those games...had four tackles in career-high 41 plays at N.C. State.
Did not start a game, but he averaged 20 snaps in each of his seven contests...had nine of his 11 tackles within the first four games...played a season-high 36 snaps and had two first hits against #24 Alabama...had a tackle for loss in 29 snaps against The Citadel...had a season-high four tackles in 17 snaps against S.C. State...did not play in five consecutive games, then played each of the last three regular-season contests...had two tackles in eight snaps against Duke...did not register a tackle but played 18 snaps and made a contribution when Clemson held Virginia to just three points in a 13-3 victory on the road.
Played tight end and outside linebacker at Varina High School for Head Coach Gary Chilcoat...#47 prospect in Virginia by Rivals.com...had 62 tackles as a senior...added seven tackles for loss...had three sacks, two recovered fumbles and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a 14-yard touchdown, as a senior...named all-district and second-team all-region as a senior...two-year starter who helped Varina High to an 11-2 record as a senior and 9-1 ledger as a junior...averaging 12 points and nine rebounds for the basketball team as a senior...two-year starter in football and basketball as a power forward; he was all-district, averaging 14 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks per game as a senior...recruited by Defensive Line Coach Chris Rumph...chose Clemson over Florida State, N.C. State, and West Virginia.
Born Jul. 14, 1989.