DANIA BEACH, Fla. — Jordan McFadden’s Clemson career will come to an end following the seventh-ranked Tigers Orange Bowl matchup against No. 6 Tennessee Friday night at Hard Rock Stadium.
McFadden announced his plans to enter the NFL during a media session Tuesday at the Le Meridien Hotel.
“This is my last time with these guys so I’m just trying to take it all in and enjoy it,” the senior offensive tackle said.
McFadden had another year of eligibility if he wanted to return due to the COVID year, but he decided this was the right time for him to make the jump. Tight end Davis Allen also announced the Orange Bowl was his last game at Clemson.
Like McFadden, he too, plans to enter the NFL Draft.
“Yeah, this is going to be my last year,” Allen said. “I just got engaged these past couple of days and I
just graduated last week. So, I think it’s time for me to move on and I’m excited for the new chapter, next
Allen got engaged over the Christmas Weekend to his longtime girlfriend. He said the two have been dating for six years.
As for McFadden, he said it was a hard decision to leave Clemson.
“It gets hard to leave,” he said. “I feel like it’s time for me to move on and take my chances in the pros.”
McFadden was a First-Team All-ACC player this season and won the Jacobs Award, which goes to the league’s top blocker.
The Tigers’ permanent captain started all 13 games in 2022 and Friday night’s game will be his 43rd start in his career.
Allen heads into the Orange Bowl ranked second on the Clemson team with 35 catches. The talented tight end hauled in 394 yards and averaged 11.4 yards per reception, while scoring a team-high five touchdowns.