Pittsburgh, PA — Tuesday senior Clemson Tigers defensive leader in 2010, Miguel Chavis, signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Clemson’s 2010 defense ranked among the top 20 in the nation. His hopes are to garner the attention of Steelers coaches and become a teammate of former Clemson All-ACC tackle Nick Eason, who was a member of the 2008 Super Bowl Champion team and played in Super Bowl XLV in Dallas in 2010.
Chavis is 6’5″ tall, an unusually large size for a nose guard. His first two season at Clemson were spent working his way into the starting lineup. In 2009, Chavis had 28 tackles in 14 games and aided the Tigers in achieving a top-25 season and the Atlantic Division championship. During his senior season (2010), Chavis recorded 27 tackles in 10 games with six quarterback pressures. Because of an ankle and foot injury, Chavis was overlooked in the 2011 NFL Draft. Chavis was named the most-improved defensive tackle in spring practice in both 2009 and 2010. He was a three-time letter winner at Clemson (2007, 2008 and 2009).
Chavis shared the nose guard position with Brandon Thompson and played in 32 consecutive games entering the 2010 season. Chavis also played in each of the three bowl games the Tigers went to in the last three yearsl the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl, the 2008 Gator Bowl and the Music City Bowl in 2009.
Before joining the team at Clemson, Chavis was rated as the #26 weakside defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com and the #50 defensive end in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com. Chavis played his 2006 season at Hargrave (VA) Military Academy.
- 2009: 28 tackles (in 14 games), 2 sacks, six stops (against Coastal Carolina) and three stops (against Virginia and again at South Carolina)
- 2008: Averaged 14 snaps per game and eight tackles and was credited with improving Clemson’s overall rushing defense.
- 2007: 8 tackles in 10 games.
Da’Quan Bowers Pro Day Workout 2011 with Miguel Chavis
INTERVIEW: Former Clemson DT Miguel Chavis
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