Wilkins was at the banquet, but told the crowd while he was making his captain's statement that he had not made up his mind about next season.More news: Mets Planning to Sign Former Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez
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Earlier this week All-American offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt announced that he would return for his senior year.
Clemson had one of the best defenses in the country this past season. Wide receivers Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud, strong safety Van Smith and offensive guard Taylor Hearn all will turn professional. Ferrell and Bryant also led the team in tackles for loss with 18.5 and 15.5, respectively. In 28 games as a starter Ferrell has recorded 15.5 sacks and 111 tackles for the Tigers. Regardless of what Wilkins decides, the return of Ferrell and Bryant, two of the team's top defensive linemen, is a major boost for the defending ACC champions. He was also named the recipient of the Bill Willis Award as the National Defensive Lineman of the Year by the Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club.More news: Katie Couric Opens Up About Matt Lauer's Firing From 'Today' Show
Bryant, a 6-5, 265-pound junior, had 54 tackles, 14 1/2 tackles for loss, 7 1/2 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries in 10 games.