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Pronounced CLAY-bo & a candidate for all-conference honors in 2003 & the best player on the line, perhaps on the team & called the smartest player and the leader of the offensive line & an imposing figure with great size & a physical player whose skills will give him a chance to play at the next level & the starter at left guard & one of just three current Deacons -- and the only one on offense -- to have started every game the last two seasons & brings a streak of 24 consecutive starts into the 2003 campaign & named the 18th-best guard in the nation entering the season by The Sporting News & selected to Lindy s preseason All-ACC second-team.


An honorable mention All-ACC selection & started all 13 games & moved to left guard after playing tackle in 2001 & graded out at 90 percent or better in the majority of WFU s games & helped the Deacon ground game lead the ACC in rushing for the second straight year & also helped WFU average an ACC-best and school-record 408.1 yards of total offense per game & the Wake Forest offensive line also tied an ACC-low by giving up just 12 sacks in 2002 & named ACC Player of the Week after playing every offensive snap at Georgia Tech, seeing action at both guard positions and grading out at 92 percent with 15 knockdowns & part of an offensive effort against Clemson that tallied the most total yards (523) in two years, including a 365-rushing yard performance, the eighth-best in school history & helped the Deacon offense tally 458 yards, including 245 rushing yards in the shutout victory over North Carolina & helped WFU record a season-high 241 passing yards and a Seattle Bowl-record 497 yards of total offense against Oregon.


Started all 11 games at left tackle & the only underclassmen on the line to start all 11 contests & was instrumental in Wake Forest allowing just 13 quarterback sacks in 11 games & played a career-high 68 snaps in the season opener against East Carolina & helped clear the way for the team s league-leading 221.6 rushing yards-per-game.


Earned a varsity letter as a true freshman & was called into action when injuries depleted the offensive line & saw action in 10 games & only game he missed was the season opener versus Appalachian State & earned his first career start at right guard against Virginia.


A good athlete who earned six varsity letters at Farragut HS, three in football and three in basketball & a two-year starter on the football team, playing offensive guard and tackle for the Admirals & earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior & earned all-state, all-region and all-East Tennessee honors as a senior & played for coach Eddie Courtney & averaged a double-double -- 18 points and 10 rebounds per game -- for Farragut s basketball team as a senior & worked as field director for Knox County s Little League Baseball Association.


Majoring in Communication & appeared on the WFU Dean s List in the spring & will turn 22 the day before the Duke game -- born October 17, 1981 in Knoxville, Tenn. & son of Phil and Leslie Clabo & has a younger brother, Clark (18) & father, Phil, played football at the University of Tennessee from 1971-75 & cousin, Neil Clabo, is a former NFL punter for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings.


Falcons re-signed OL Tyson Clabo, an exclusive rights free agent.

He'll be a restricted FA in 2009. Clabo (6'6/317) held up well at right tackle in 11 starts last year. He'll battle Todd Weiner for the job in training camp.

Related: Todd Weiner
ATLANTA: RT Tyson Clabo, signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006, has been arguably the team's best lineman the past two seasons. He is massive (6-6, 319), nasty and tenacious in the trenches. The new staff wants to establish the run, which plays to Clabo's strengths.

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