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Former Tigers safety Nolan Turner named defensive analyst

When Dabo Swinney announced late Friday that defensive tackles coach Nick Eason was being promoted to associate head coach, it wasn’t the only news the venerable Tigers coach had to share.

Swinney also announced that former Clemson safety Nolan Turner would be joining the staff as a defensive analyst. Turner played in every game between the 2018-2020 seasons and was a part of the program for five years between 2017-2021.

He made the game-clinching interception in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl with just 37 seconds remaining to secure Clemson’s 29-23 victory over Ohio State. Turner’s interception of Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields gave the Tigers their 29th consecutive victory at the time.

Earlier that season, he was one of three Clemson tacklers to stop North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell on a two-point attempt to preserve a 21-20 victory in Chapel Hill.

Turner was an All-American in 2020, playing in all 12 games, as well as a two-year team captain. He finished his Clemson career with 192 tackles, including 13.5 for loss, seven interceptions and two forced fumbles in 65 career games.

Turner had a short stint with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2022 after being signed as an undrafted free agent.

Story originally appeared on Clemson Wire