Five Tigers Make All-ACC Teams
Tye Hill, Chansi Stuckey Named First-Team All-ACC
Jad Dean, Roman Fry, and Charlie Whitehurst also earn second-team honors.
Senior cornerback Tye Hill and junior wide receiver Chansi Stuckey were First-Team All-ACC selections, announced Monday by the conference. Junior placekicker Jad Dean, junior offensive lineman Roman Fry, and graduate quarterback Charlie Whitehurst were also Second-Team All-ACC picks. Freshman James Davis (RB), junior Gaines Adams (DE), junior Anthony Waters (LB), and senior Jamaal Fudge (S) also earned Honorable Mention All-ACC honors.
Hill (Saint George, SC), one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, has three interceptions and seven pass breakups on the season. Hill is also tied for sixth on the team in tackles (53) and was a big reason Clemson's defense held a Bobby Bowden-coached Florida State team and a Steve Spurrier-coached South Carolina team without an offense touchdown in the final two games of the season. His 40 career passes defended are seventh-most in Tiger history as well.
Stuckey (Warner Robins, GA), whose 62 receptions in 2005 are tied for fourth-most in a season in school history, leads the ACC in catches and has added 761 receiving yards along with four touchdowns. No other ACC player has more than 52 receptions. He has also rushed for 78 yards on 13 carries and has 199 punt return yards, meaning he is averaging 96.4 all-purpose yards per game. His best game was against #16 Florida State, when he had 11 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 35-14 victory over the Seminoles on November 12.
Dean (Greenwood, SC), one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award, is tied for second in the nation in field goals per game (2.0) and has made 22 of 29 field goals (76 percent) in 2005. He is the ACC's leading scorer with 9.0 points per game and is a perfect 33-33 on extra points this year. Dean, who is the first Tiger kicker named to an All-ACC team since 1995 (Jeff Sauve), needs to make one field goal in the bowl game to tie the school record for field goals in a season. He also was a perfect 6-6 on field goals in Clemson's season-opening 25-24 win over #17 Texas A&M, including the game-winning 42-yard kick with 0:02 left in the game. Dean has made 34 of 44 field goals (77 percent) in his career as well.
Fry (Ironton, OH) is Clemson's most versatile offensive lineman and has played at both guard positions along with center. His blocking has helped the Tigers rank third in the ACC in total offense, including fourth in rushing offense. He has also been instrumental in the Tigers having two of the top six rushers in the conference in Davis (4th) and Reggie Merriweather (6th).
Whitehurst (Duluth, GA) has set over 40 school records in his four years, which includes 43 games (39 starts). Over 10 starts in 2005, he has passed for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns while completing a school-record 66.9 percent of his passes. He also has a solid 134.4 pass efficiency rating. In his career, he has passed for 9,460 yards and 49 touchdowns, both school records. The career passing yardage also ranks fifth-best in ACC history, and is just 154 yards behind third-place Ben Bennett (1980-83) of Duke.
Clemson's five total selections tied for the second most, trailing only Virginia Tech's nine All-ACC selections. Miami, N.C. State, Boston College, and Georgia Tech also had five selections, while Virginia (4), Maryland (4), Florida State (4), Wake Forest (3), Duke (1), and North Carolina (1) were also represented on the All-ACC team.