Alexander named to Freshman All-America team

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Pos: CB   Height: 5-10   Weight: 189   Hometown: Immokalee, FL (Immokalee HS)  
Years Played: 2013 - 2015

Clemson, S.C.—Mackensie Alexander, the first cornerback in Clemson history to start every game as a freshman, has been named a first-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers of America. Alexander and Virginia safety Quin Blanding were the only ACC players named to the 30-man team.

Alexander started all 13 games during the Tigers 10-3 season that included wins over South Carolina and Oklahoma to finish the campaign. Clemson was ranked 15th in the final AP and USA Today polls released on Tuesday.

The native of Immokalee, Fla had 22 tackles on 18 first hits and four assists, and added six passes broken up and a recovered fumble. He had a strong game against Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl when he had four tackles and two passes broken up. Sterling Sheppard, Oklahoma’s top receiver with a 19-yard average for the season, had just one reception for 13 yards against Alexander and the Clemson secondary.

Alexander was a big reason Clemson led the nation on pass efficiency defense and ranked second in passing yards allowed. Clemson led the nation in total defense, and tackles for loss, and was second in scoring defense.

Alexander is the fifth Clemson player to make the Football Writers Freshman All-America team since it began in 2001. The others to make it are Justin Miller (CB, 2002), Barry Richardson (OT, 2004), Brandon Maye (LB, 2008), and Sammy Watkins (WR, 2011)

This is the second Freshman All-America Team for Alexander. He was also named second-team by Athlon.

Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State 6-1 225 Wichita Falls, Texas
RB • Nick Chubb, Georgia 5-10 228 Cedartown, Ga.
RB • Royce Freeman, Oregon 6-0 229 Imperial, Calif.
RB • Samaje Perine, Oklahoma 5-11 243 Pflugerville, Texas
WR • Devonte Boyd, UNLV 6-1 175 Henderson, Nev.
WR • KD Cannon, Baylor 6-0 170 Mount Pleasant, Texas
AP • Leonard Fournette, LSU 6-1 230 New Orleans, La.
OL • Brian Allen, Michigan State 6-2 294 Hinsdale, Ill.
OL • Mason Cole, Michigan 6-5 292 Tarpon Springs, Fla.
OL • Tejan Koroma, BYU 6-0 280 Allen, Texas
OL • Toa Lobendahn, USC 6-3 280 Cerritos, Calif.
OL Brandon Ray, Western Kentucky 6-3 285 Madison, Ala.
OL • Cam Robinson, Alabama 6-6 323 Monroe, La.
Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
DL • Derek Barnett, Tennessee 6-3 267 Nashville, Tenn.
DL • Myles Garrett, Texas A&M 6-5 255 Arlington, Texas
DL • Malik McDowell, Michigan State 6-6 286 Farmington Hills, Mich.
DL Ja'Von Rolland-Jones, Arkansas State 6-2 224 Mesquite, Texas
DL Kemoko Turay, Rutgers 6-6 235 Newark, N.J.
LB • DJ Calhoun, Arizona State 6-0 215 El Cerrito, Calif.
LB • Nyles Morgan, Notre Dame 6-1 230 Crete, Ill.
LB Craig Suits, Tulsa 6-0 220 Sunnyvale, Texas
LB Taylor Young, Baylor 5-10 225 DeSoto, Texas
CB MacKensie AlexanderMacKensie Alexander
RS Fr. Cornerback
#2 5-11, 190
Immokalee, FL

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, Clemson 5-10 190 Immokalee, Fla.
CB • Adoreé Jackson, USC 5-11 185 Belleville, Ill.
S • Quin Blanding, Virginia 6-4 215 Virginia Beach, Va.
S Kamari Cotton-Moya, Iowa State 6-1 194 Bakersfield, Calif.
Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
P • JK Scott, Alabama 6-4 185 Denver, Colo.
K Matthew McCrane, Kansas State 5-10 165 Brownwood, Texas
PR • De'Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska 5-9 175 Alexandria, Va.
KR Darius Phillips, Western Michigan 5-10 179 Dearborn Heights, Mich.
Bryan Harsin, Boise State
• Denotes true freshman

MacKensie Alexander

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