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01/04/17 - Clemson defensive end Christian Wilkins has apologized for groping receiver Curtis Samuel during the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday night. Wilkins said Wednesday he had talked with Samuel after the game and that everything was all right between them. Wilkins, a sophomore defensive end, was seen on video grabbing Samuel's rear and reaching his hand between the receiver's legs while Samuel was on the ground after teammates had tackled him in the Tigers' 31-0 victory. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he spoke with Wilkins after the incident and was satisfied with the apology. Tigers linebacker Ben Boulware said too much is being made of Wilkins' actions and that such things have always been a part of football.
Clemson faces Alabama for the national championship Monday night. Wilkins said he was sorry and understood it was not "a good look" for him or the program. Swinney shook his head when asked if he had talked to Wilkins about the incident. After the discussion, Swinney said he was sure it would not happen again and chalked it up to Wilkins' goofy nature. "We don't have a better young man on the team than Christian Wilkins," Swinney said. "Apologized for it, apologized to the kid, that's really it." Boulware supported Wilkins, saying that kind of interplay often takes place in games. "He went a little too far. But when I'm just messing with somebody, poking them in the belly button or grabbing someone's butt, it's just to break up the seriousness of the game," Boulware said at Clemson's team media gathering. "The people who are freaking out about that have never played the game." - AP Sports
12/23/16 - 2016 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES): DE Christian Wilkins, So., Clemson (20),...Wilkins leads the Tiger defense with 12 tackles for loss, part of 51 stops on the season by the sophomore defensive lineman. Wilkins has added 3.5 sacks, seven pass breakups and a recovered fumble in 13 starts. A versatile player, he also scored on offense with a touchdown catch in the win over Troy in September. - Clemson Football
11/18/16 - 2016 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY FINALIST: Clemson end Christian Wilkins...Wilkins, a 6-4, 310-pound sophomore end from Springfield, Mass., is one of the defensive stalwarts for the Tigers, who have lost only to Pittsburgh. He plays more end than tackle. Over the course of the season he has made 45 tackles (33 unassisted). He has a team-leading 11 tackles for 47 yards in losses, 3.5 of which are sacks. He has also recovered a fumble and blocked a kick for Clemson, which ranks 12th in FBS in scoring defense (18.4 points allowed per game.) - The Bronko Nagurski Trophy