The 15 semifinalist are O’Daniel, Josh Allen of Kentucky, Jerome Baker of Ohio State, Devin Bush of Michigan, Lorenzo Carter of Georgia, Tremaine Edmunds of Virginia Tech, T.J. Edwards of Wisconsin, Rashaan Evans of Alabama, Shaun Dion Hamilton of Alabama, Malik Jefferson of Texas, Josey Jewell of Iowa, Micah Kiser of Virginia, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo of Oklahoma, Roquan Smith of Georgia and Camerson Smith of Southern California.
So far this year O’Daniel leads the Clemson team in tackles with 72 thanks to 49 first hits and 2 assists. He has 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. He also has two interceptions that he has returned for scores, the only linebacker in Clemson history with two “pick sixes” in the same year.
O’Daniel was named National Defensive Player of the Week by the Football Writers Association for his performance against Virginia Tech when he had a interception return for a score and led the Tigers in tackles with 14, including a sack.