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Venables explains what makes Simpson ‘special’

Even though he hasn’t played the linebacker position for very long, talented true freshman Trenton Simpson showed what he can do last Saturday as he made plays all over the field in No. 1 Clemson’s 73-7 pummeling of Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Simpson tied for the team lead with six total tackles – including four solo stops and one on a failed Yellow Jackets fourth-down conversion attempt – while flashing the talent that made him a five-star prospect coming out of Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, playing the nickel/SAM position, showcased his speed off the edge and ability to be a disruptive force in the backfield.