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Rejuvenated Xavier Thomas is one of players who will define Clemson's 2022 season

The ACC Kickoff is now just three weeks away and we continue to look at the players who will define the 2022 football season for the Tigers. The third installment is defensive end Xavier Thomas, who has a lot to prove to himself, the rest of the ACC, and the NFL in his final season.

Thomas, following a season in which he had COVID and put on too much weight, made third-team All-ACC last year and was projected as a third-round NFL draft pick. He played in 12 games and tallied 21 tackles, including 3 1/2 sacks and 5 1/2 tackles for loss.