Beasley, Watkins named to USA TODAY Sports' All-America team

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Clemson, SC—Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley has been named a first-team All-American by USA Today and receiver Sammy Watkins has been named to the second-team.

Beasley is a junior from Adairsville, GA in his first year as a starter. He has 12 sacks this year to rank tied for third in the nation and his 19 tackles for loss rank seventh. He has four caused fumbles on his 12 sacks. He is a major reason Clemson ranks 17th in the nation in scoring defense and 23rd in total defense. Beasley was also named a first-team selection by Bleacher Report.

Watkins, who was a first-team All-American as an all-purpose player in 2011 as a freshman, has 85 receptions for 1237 yards and 10 touchdowns this year. He has had seven 100-yard receiving games this year, a single season Clemson record. The native of Fort Myers, FL needs just four catches in the Discover Orange Bowl against Ohio State to establish single season record for receptions. He needs nine catches to become Clemson’s career leader.

First-team All-America:

QB Jameis Winston, Florida State
RB Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
RB Andre Williams, Boston College
WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
OL Cameron Erving, Florida State
OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
OL David Yankey, Stanford
OL Cyril Richardson, Baylor
OL Travis Swanson, Arkansas
DL Vic Beasley, Clemson
DL Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
DL Will Sutton, Arizona State
DL Michael Sam, Missouri
LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
S Cody Prewitt, Mississippi
S Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois
K Roberto Aguayo, Florida State
P Tom Hornsey, Memphis
RET Ty Montgomery, Stanford

Second-team All-America:

QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
RB Tre Mason, Auburn
RB Tyler Gaffney, Stanford
WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
OL Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
OL Taylor Lewan, Michigan
OL Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA
OL Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
OL Tyler Larsen, Utah State
DL Marcus Smith, Louisville
DL Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
DL Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
LB Trent Murphy, Stanford
LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin
LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
CB Jason Verrett, TCU
CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
S Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State
S Jeremy Cash, Duke
K Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
P Pat O'Donnell, Miami (Fla.)
RET Ryan Switzer, North Carolina

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