5. Bryan Bresee and Myles Murphy (Clemson)
Speaking of defensive tandems that will give offensive coordinators insomnia, move your eyes from Eugene to Clemson where a young pair of defensive linemen in Bryan Bresee and Myles Murphy currently take up residence. The Tigers are no strangers to elite defensive line play but an argument could be made that this is the most talented duo that they’ve ever had.
As a true freshman, Bresee came to Dabo Swinney’s program as one of the best recruits in the country and made his presence known immediately. He racked up 4.0 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss over 11 games while also knocking down two passes. But it’s more impressive to consider he did this as a true freshman who wasn’t seeing a full array of snaps.
That’s also true of Murphy, another decorated recruit who played significant snaps as a true freshman for Clemson. He was even more productive than Bresee as he also notched 4.0 sacks but had 10.5 tackles for loss and was a beast coming off the edge against the run. He was so dominant that he emerged as the top defensive end amid a loaded, experience group for the Tigers.
Bresee and Murphy entered the college football world with a ton of hype because they’re freakish athletes and performers for players their size. Now that they’ve gotten their feet wet with a year of experience, what this duo could do to opposing offensive lines in the 2021 campaign should be incredible.