While Clemson’s starting four defensive linemen, along with Albert Huggins, have received most of the praise during Clemson’s run to glory, Chris Register’s work and commitment to the program should not be overlooked. Register came to Clemson as a three-star recruit out of Greensboro, NC. He had a slew of offers, but chose Clemson over the other schools in his final group (Kentucky, Auburn, Florida State, and Indiana).
Register was originally slated to play outside linebacker, but following his redshirted freshman season in 2014, made the move to defensive end. Chris battled through injuries in 2015, and then he played in a reserve role behind the Power Rangers in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Chris is the type of player that has become somewhat common at Clemson: talented enough to start for many teams across the country, yet stuck behind elite talents at Clemson. After earning his degree in 2017 and seeing the Power Rangers return for their farewell tour, it would’ve made sense for him to seek a grad transfer to give himself one more chance to audition for the NFL scouts, but Register decided to stick it out at Clemson.
Register has said that while he could have gone elsewhere to seek playing time, he felt Clemson was the best place to prepare him both for a potential NFL career and life. By sticking around, Register cemented his legacy as a member of the most successful senior class in history, picking up his fourth ACC championship and second national title. Register also has stated how he hoped that Clemson’s pro day would be an opportunity for him to show scouts what he can do. Register earned an invite to the Jacksonville Jaguars minicamp. While we are all anxiously awaiting Chris’s next steps in his career, I’d like to say thank you, Chris Register, for your grit, determination, and dedication during your time at Clemson. I hope for much success in wherever life takes you.