Clemson sets record with 17 All-ACC selections
CLEMSON, S.C. — A record 17 Clemson players were named to one of three All-ACC teams announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). Sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson was joined on the first team by offensive players Eric Mac Lain and Artavis Scott, as well as defensive players Mackensie Alexander, Shaq Lawson and Carlos Watkins.
Clemson’s entire starting offensive line was honored for the first time ever, as Jay Guillermo was a second-team choice, while Tyrone Crowder, Joe Gore and Mitch Hyatt were all third-team selections. Other All-ACC selections on offense were running back Wayne Gallman and tight end Jordan Leggett, who were named to the second team. Placekicker Greg Huegel also got a second-team nod.
Defensively, four Tigers were named to the second and third teams. Starting linebackers Ben Boulware and B.J. Goodson were both second-team honorees, along with safety Jayron Kearse. Starting cornerback Cordrea Tankersley was a third-team selection.
Watson concluded the regular season with an ACC-best 3,979 yards of total offense and 36 total touchdowns. A finalist for the Maxwell and O’Brien awards, he also leads the conference with a 161.9 passing efficiency, and is second with 268.6 passing yards per game. Mac Lain, the starting left guard, has had a lot to do with Clemson’s success on offense. The Tigers ended the regular season with eight straight games tallying at least 500 yards on offense.
Scott is second in the ACC with 6.4 receptions per game, snagging 77 passes for 709 yards and four touchdowns. Leggett, a finalist for the Mackey Award, finished the regular season with 31 receptions from his tight end spot, with six touchdowns. On the ground, Gallman is third among ACC backs with 104.1 rushing yards per game, while contributing nine scores.
Huegel has been quite the success story, converting 21 of 23 field goal attempts. His 91.3 percent clip is tops among ACC kickers. He has made 16 straight entering Saturday’s ACC Championship Game.
Lawson leads the ACC with 20.5 tackles for loss and is fourth with 8.5 sacks. He has had at least one tackle for loss in all but one game, and is a finalist for both the Lombardi and Nagurski awards. Watkins, a defensive tackle, has accumulated 60 stops this season, including six behind the line of scrimmage.
Alexander and Kearse have been big factors behind Clemson’s success against the pass this season. Alexander has five pass breakups in 571 snaps, and has not allowed a touchdown in man coverage all season. Kearse is tied for sixth on the Tiger defense with 70 tackles, including 6.5 for loss. He is second on the team with eight pass breakups as well.
Goodson and Boulware are Clemson’s top two tacklers in 2015 with 118 and 116, respectively. Goodson’s total includes 15 tackles for loss, while Boulware has seven. Goodson is second on the squad with 5.5 sacks, while Boulware is third with six pass breakups.
Tankersley, a third-teamer, leads Clemson with four interceptions on the season. He returned one for a score in the Tigers’ 58-0 rout of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., on October 24. Tankersley has also added a team-high nine pass breakups.
The 2015 ACSMA All-ACC Football Teams:
First Team Offense WR Tyler Boyd Jr. Pitt 147 WR Artavis Scott So. Clemson 130 WR Isaiah Ford So. Virginia Tech 124 TE Jaylen Samuels So. NC State 93 T Roderick Johnson So. Florida State 102 T Joe Thuney Sr.-R NC State 82 G Landon Turner Sr.-R North Carolina 132 G Eric Mac Lain Sr.-R Clemson 113 C Matt Skura Sr.-R Duke 94 QB Deshaun Watson So. Clemson 150 RB Dalvin Cook So. Florida State 150 RB Elijah Hood So. North Carolina 123 PK Roberto Aguayo Jr.-R Florida State 86 Sp. DeVon Edwards Jr.-R Duke 103 First Team Defense DE Shaq Lawson Jr. Clemson 132 DE Ejuan Price Sr.-R Pitt 111 DT Carlos Watkins Jr.-R Clemson 101 DT Luther Maddy Sr.-R Virginia Tech 60 DT Connor Wujciak Sr.-R Boston College 60 LB Micah Kiser So.-R Virginia 93 LB Brandon Chubb Sr.-R Wake Forest 87 LB Keith Kelsey Jr. Louisville 78 CB Jalen Ramsey Jr. Florida State 122 CB Mackensie Alexander So.-R Clemson 81 S Jeremy Cash Sr.-R Duke 122 S Quin Blanding So. Virginia 88 P Riley Dixon Sr. Syracuse 77 Second Team Offense WR Travis Rudolph So. Florida State 96 WR Canaan Severin Sr. Virginia 88 WR Mack Hollins Jr.-R North Carolina 63 WR Kermit Whitfield Jr. Florida State 63 TE Jordan Leggett Jr. Clemson 77 T Jon Heck Jr.-R North Carolina 79 T Adam Bisnowaty Jr.-R Pitt 77 G Dorian Johnson Jr. Pitt 49 G Caleb Peterson Jr.-R North Carolina 45 C Jay Guillermo Jr.-R Clemson 88 QB Marquise Williams Sr.-R North Carolina 95 RB Wayne Gallman So.-R Clemson 115 RB Qadree Ollison Fr.-R Pitt 69 PK Greg Huegel Fr.-R Clemson 77 Sp. Ryan Switzer Jr. North Carolina 83 Second Team Defense DE Mike Rose Sr.-R NC State 96 DE DeMarcus Walker Jr. Florida State 81 DT Nile Lawrence-Stample Sr.-R Florida State 58 DT DeAngelo Brown Jr.-R Louisville 46 LB Steven Daniels Sr. Boston College 65 LB Ben Boulware Jr. Clemson 60 LB B.J. Goodson Sr.-R Clemson 60 LB Reggie Northrup Sr. Florida State 60 CB M.J. Stewart So. North Carolina 65 CB Artie Burns Jr. Miami 51 S Jayron Kearse Jr. Clemson 69 S Justin Simmons Sr. Boston College 47 P Alex Kinal Sr.-R Wake Forest 75 Third Team Offense WR Stacy Coley Jr. Miami 58 WR Ryan Switzer Jr. North Carolina 34 WR Quinshad Davis Sr. North Carolina 28 TE Bucky Hodges So.-R Virginia Tech 52 T Mitch Hyatt Fr. Clemson 66 T Joe Gore Sr.-R Clemson 59 G Tyrone Crowder So.-R Clemson 39 G Kareem Are Jr.-R Florida State 38 C Lucas Crowley Jr. North Carolina 58 QB Brad Kaaya So. Miami 30 RB Taquan Mizzell Jr. Virginia 43 RB Travon McMillian Fr.-R Virginia Tech 30 PK Ross Martin Sr. Duke 56 Sp. Brisly Estime Jr. Syracuse 34 Third Team Defense DE Sheldon Rankins Sr. Louisville 47 DE Ron Thompson Jr. Syracuse 24 DT Nazair Jones So.-R North Carolina 33 DT Derrick Nnadi So. Florida State 31 DT Darryl Render Sr. Pitt 31 LB Shakeel Rashad Sr. North Carolina 58 LB James Burgess Sr. Louisville 53 LB Dwayne Norman Sr. Duke 43 CB Cordrea Tankersley Jr. Clemson 47 CB Des Lawrence Jr. North Carolina 45 S Jordan Whitehead Fr. Pitt 41 S Derwin James Fr. Florida State 30 P Will Monday Sr.-R Duke 39 Honorable Mention Offense TE Cam Serigne So.-R Wake Forest 39 T Bryan Chamberlain Sr.-R Georgia Tech 29 T Casey Blaser Jr.-R Duke 23 T Geron Christian Fr. Louisville 20 G Chad Mavety Jr.-R Florida State 36 G Lucas Patrick Sr.-R Duke 35 G Ross Burbank Sr.-R Virginia 28 G Trey Braun Sr.-R Georgia Tech 25 C Quinton Schooley Sr. NC State 23 RB Matt Dayes Jr. NC State 29 RB Joe Yearby So. Miami 26 PK Nick Weiler Jr. North Carolina 36 PK Michael Badgley So. Miami 27 Sp. Nyheim Hines Fr. NC State 25 Sp. Kermit Whitfield Jr. Florida State 23 Sp. Bra'Lon Cherry Jr. NC State 22 Honorable Mention Defense DE Kevin Dodd Jr.-R Clemson 22 DT Adam Gotsis Sr. Georgia Tech 28 DT David Dean Sr.-R Virginia 28 DT Corey Marshall Sr.-R Virginia Tech 21 LB Trevon Young Jr. Louisville 41 LB Terrance Smith Sr.-R Florida State 39 LB Devonte Fields Jr. Louisville 39 LB Matt Milano Jr. Boston College 38 LB Jeff Schoettmer Sr.-R North Carolina 25 CB Trumaine Washington So. Louisville 38 CB Shaq Wiggins So.-R Louisville 23 CB Avonte Maddox So. Pitt 21 S Deon Bush Sr. Miami 29 S DeVon Edwards Jr.-R Duke 27 S Donnie Miles So.-R North Carolina 26 S Josh Harvey-Clemons Jr.-R Louisville 21 S Lamarcus Brutus Sr.-R Florida State 20 P Nicholas Conte Jr.-R Virginia 31 P Cason Beatty Sr. Florida State 27