Clemson reportedly set to hire SEC West defensive line coach
Dabo Swinney is reaching into the SEC West to fill one of his coaching staff vacancies at Clemson.
Matt Zenitz of On3 Sports reported that Clemson is expected to hire Auburn’s Nick Eason, a former Clemson and NFL defensive lineman, as a defensive line coach.
A team captain and All-ACC defensive lineman at Clemson, Eason played in the NFL from 2003-12 before coaching the position for the Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals from 2013-20.
Eason was originally a fourth-round selection by the Denver Broncos in the 2003 NFL Draft, but he spent his rookie season on Reserve/Injured after suffering an Achilles injury during training camp.
At Clemson, Eason became the first football player in school history to graduate with 2 years of eligibility remaining, and earned a degree in sociology in August 2001. In 2008, he earned his master’s degree in human resources.
Eason played in 47 games with 35 starts for the Tigers and recorded 15 sacks and 30 tackles for losses. A two-time team captain his junior and senior seasons, he earned first-team All-ACC honors as a senior defensive tackle, according to his Auburn bio.