Clemson DT named to ESPN's Preseason All-American team

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Clemson junior defensive tackle Christian Wilkins was named to ESPN's 2017 Preseason All-American team on Thursday.

"The 2017 definition of a barroom discussion at the Esso Club in Clemson is deciding which Tigers defensive lineman is the best: Wilkins, the junior, or sophomore Dexter Lawrence," said. "The latter had more sacks last season, even as a true freshman. But Wilkins' experience won out, as did his 9.5 tackles for loss and 10 deflected passes. And that shirtless shimmy with the national championship trophy in Tampa. That looked so good it makes you want to see Clemson repeat."

Wilkins had 56 tackles, 13 tackles for loss including 3.5 sacks in 2016. Wilkins was first-team All-American according to the Football Writers of America and the American Football Coaches Association, a second-team selection by USA Today, Sporting News and Walter Camp, and a third team choice by Associated Press.

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