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Meet the rookies: Will Clapp

A three-year starter on the LSU offensive line

WILL CLAPP            C/GHEIGHT: 6-5                       WEIGHT: 314COLLEGE: LOUISIANA STATEDRAFTED: 7th ROUND (245th OVERALL)BORN: 12/10/95

COLLEGE CAREER – A technically proficient player, who through the combination of size, strength and intelligence, was a three-year starter on the LSU offensive line, starting all 36 games that he appeared in (13 at center, 12 at left guard, 11 at right guard), earning first-team All-SEC honors at both guard and center. Blocking for 1,000-yard rushers in each of his three-seasons in Baton Rouge, Clapp settled in at center in 2017, where he was first-team All-SEC and a Rimington Trophy finalist, the position where the New Orleans native will start to see work, while also contributing at guard.

2017– Opened all 13 games at C…Voted as permanent team captain…First-team All-Southeastern Conference and one of three finalists for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the top center in college football…Led the team in offensive snaps (855) and knockdowns (72)…Played every offensive snap in nine of LSU's 13 games…Paved the way for 1,000-yard rusher Derrius Guice…Had season-high 9.5 knockdowns in 45-21 win over Texas A&M as the Tigers racked up 601 total yards in win over the Aggies, playing season-high 89 snaps…Opened year with nine knockdowns on 79 snaps in 27-0 win over BYU in New Orleans…Played in all 80 offensive snaps with team-best 6.5 knockdowns vs. Notre Dame in Citrus Bowl. 2016 – Started 11 games at LG, missing only one game with injury…Earned first-team All-SEC from coaches…Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll…Played 648 snaps, second-highest on team…Had 58 knockdown blocks, 22 "great effort" plays, didn't allow a sack, gave up five pressures and whistled for only one penalty…Played every offensive snap in six games, including all 72 in Citrus Bowl win over Louisville, making season-high 11 knockdowns…On the field for all 77 offensive plays in Week 11 54-39 win over Texas A&M when Guice set the LSU rushing record with 285 yards…Played every offensive snap against Wisconsin (51), Auburn (63), Alabama (51), and Florida (70)…Missed only eight plays in 38-21 win over Mississippi, a game that saw RB Leonard Fournette rush for a then-school-record 284 yards…Added eight knockdowns vs. Mississippi State and Florida...As a unit, LSU finished No. 4 in the Southeastern Conference with 233.0 rushing yards per game with 30 touchdowns. 2015 –Started all 12 games (11 at RG, one at LG)…Third on the team in total snaps played (776) and knockdown blocks (88)...Did not give up a sack...* Sporting News* and USA Today Freshman All-America and named to the SEC Coaches' All-Freshman Team...Produced double-digit knockdowns in final two games of regular season with a career-high 15 at Mississippi and 13 vs. Texas A&M...Credited with a touchdown at Mississippi when he recovered a fumble in the end zone…Also had 9.5 knockdowns against Auburn and nine vs. Arkansas...Played every offensive snap at Mississippi State, vs. South Carolina, vs. Florida, vs. Western Kentucky, at Alabama, vs. Arkansas and vs. Texas A&M...Paved the way for Fournette's single-season LSU rushing record of 1,953 yards...Big reason why LSU finished season ranked No. 7 nationally in rushing (256.8 yards per game). 2014– Redshirted as true freshman.

PERSONAL – Graduated in 2017 with a degree in sports administration…One of the top offensive lineman coming out of the state of Louisiana from Brother Martin High School... A powerful run blocker ranked as a unanimous four-star prospect by,, and 247Sports...Named to the Louisiana 5A All-State Team for his last two high school seasons...Member of The Baton Rouge Advocate Second Dozen…Has deep family ties to LSU program as his father, Tommy, is a former LSU defensive tackle from 1984-87 and was named a permanent team captain for the 1987 squad and brother Matt is walk-on fullback. Tommy finished his LSU career with 139 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks and started against Nebraska in the Sugar Bowl in 1985 and 1987...Born Dec. 10, 1995.

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