Bryan Bresee more than just an NFL Draft prospect for the Buffalo Bills

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Bresee’s college career was marred by injury

Bresee entered Clemson as a highly touted prospect and started as a rookie, putting up an absolutely dominant season. Bresee recorded thirty-three tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and two blocked passes on his way to being named first-team All-ACC and being recognized as the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Following his freshman season, he seemed to be living up to every expectation of the top recruit in the class. He was expected to be one of the top interior defensive linemen in college football as a sophomore, and a disruptive force for a highly-ranked Clemson defense.

However, Bresee’s promising collegiate career was derailed by injuries during his sophomore season in 2021. After starting the season strong, and being named defensive player of the game in Clemson’s opener, Bresee suffered a significant shoulder injury early in the season, which would later require surgery.

More significantly, during the third quarter of Clemson’s fourth game of the season Bresee suffered a left knee injury. He would end up needing surgery to repair a torn ACL – one of the primary stabilizing ligaments in the knee and miss the rest of the season and the entirety of spring football in 2022.