|Clemson DE Phillip Merling to enter NFL draft|
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|Thursday, 10 January 2008 14:59|
Merling had seven sacks and led the team with 17 tackles for loss, helping the Tigers (9-4) finish this season ranked No. 21 in the country. He was fourth on the squad with 78 total tackles.
``I advised him to remain for his senior year, but he felt this was the best decision for his future,'' Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said Thursday. ``I will help him any way I can as he prepares for the draft.''
James Davis, Clemson's leading rusher the past three years, also said he will skip his senior season to enter the April draft.