Four Tigers named to 2016 All-ACC Academic team


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Clemson, S.C.—Four Clemson student-athletes who received All-America mention for their performance on the field, have been named to the Academic All-ACC football team. The announcement of the entire team was made the by Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday.

Quarterback Deshaun Watson, linebacker Ben Boulware, and defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence were all selected to the team. Wilkins, Watson and Boulware were all named to various All-America teams, while Lawrence was a unanimous freshman All-American.

Boulware was named to the team for the third time, the first Clemson player to be a three-time Academic All-ACC selection since Chandler Catanzaro from 2011-13. He is the first defensive player to be named three years since Brandon Maye (2008-10).

On the field, Boulware was a second-team All-American by six services and was the ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the ACC Coaches. He was one of just three players named first-team All-ACC on the field and to the2016 Academic All-ACC team. Boulware graduated in December.

Watson was named to the Academic All-ACC team for the second time, as he was also selected in 2014. The native of Gainesville, Georgia quarterbacked Clemson to a 32-3 record the last three years and was the first ACC player to be a two-time Heisman finalist. Those 32 wins included 14 this year as he led Clemson to the National Championship.; Watson graduated in just three years.

Wilkins, who just finished his sophomore year, was a first-team All-American on the field according to the Football Writers Association. He was also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award, which is give to the national defensive player of the year. It is the second straight year Wilkins has been named to the Academic All-ACC team.

Lawrence, a freshman from Wake Forest, NC, was the ACC Defensive Freshman of the Year and set a Clemson freshman record for sacks in a season. He was named a first-team freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association, ESPN and USA Today.

2016 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team
Player, School, Class, Pos., Major, Hometown
Jonathan Baker, Boston College, Jr., OL, General Management, Millis, Mass.
Braxton Berrios, Miami, Jr., WR, Entrepreneurship, Raleigh, N.C.
*Adam Bisnowaty, Pitt, Gr., T, Health & Physical Activity, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Alex Bookser, Pitt, So.-R., G, Communication, Pittsburgh, Pa.
*Ben Boulware, Clemson, Sr., LB, Sociology, Anderson, S.C.
Garrett Bradbury, NC State, Jr.-R, G, Operations/Supply Chain Mgt., Charlotte, N.C.
Gabe Brandner, Duke, Jr.-R, T, Evolution Anthropology, Blythewood, S.C.
Parker Braun, Georgia Tech, Fr., T, Literature, Media & Communication, Hallsville, Tex.
Cade Carney, Wake Forest, Fr., TB, Undeclared, Advance, N.C.
Geron Christian, Louisville, So., T, Pre-Business, Ocala, Fla.
Chuck Clark, Virginia Tech, Sr., CB-S, Human Development, Suffolk, Va.
*Nicholas Conte, Virginia, Sr.-R, P, Masters in Higher Education, Roanoke, Va.
Cody Conway, Syracuse, So., OL, Sport Management, Plainfield, Ill.
Austin Davis, Duke, Jr.-R, C, Political Science, Mansfield, Tex.
Landon Dickerson, Florida State, Fr., T, Sport Management, Hickory, N.C.
Eric Dungey, Syracuse, So., QB, Finance, Lake Oswego, Ore.
Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech, So., LB, COMM Studies, Danville, Va.
*DeVon Edwards, Duke, Sr.-R, S, Psychology, Covington, Ga.
Brandon Facyson Virginia Tech Jr.-R CB. Biology Newnan, Ga.
Bryon Fields, Duke, Jr.-R, CB, Economics, Charlotte, N.C.
*Ryan Finley, NC State, Jr.-R, QB, Masters of Liberal Arts, Phoenix, Ariz.
Matt Galambos, Pitt, Sr., LB, Communication, Collingdale, Pa.
Eric Gallo, Virginia Tech, Jr., C, Finance, Richboro, Pa.
Joe Giles-Harris, Duke, Fr.-R, LB, Undeclared, Nyack, N.Y.
Truman Gutapfel, Boston College, Sr., DT, Economics, Harrison, Ohio
Justin Herron, Wake Forest, So.-R, T, Psychology, Silver Spring, Md.
Tobijah Hughley, Louisville , Sr.-R, C, Sports Administration, Lexington, Ky.
*Ryan Janvion, Wake Forest, Sr.-R, SS, Business & Enterprise Mgt., Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Daniel Jones, Duke, Fr.-R, QB, Undeclared, Charlotte, N.C.
Brad Kaaya, Miami, Jr., QB, Public Relations, Los Angeles, Calif.
Kevin Kavalec, Boston College, Sr., DE, Economics, Middleburg Heights, Ohio
Micah Kiser, Virginia, Jr., MLB, Foreign Affairs, Baltimore, Md.
*Michael Lasker, Syracuse, Sr.-R, OL, Instructional Design, Dev. & Evaluation, Corona, Calif.
Dexter Lawrence, Clemson, Fr., DT, Justice Studies, Wake Forest, N.C.
Nick Linder, Miami, Jr., C, Finance, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Johnathan Lloyd, Duke, So.-R, WR, African-American Studies, Graham, N.C.
*Jimmy Lowery, Boston College, Gr. , T, Finance, Burr Ridge, Ill.
Dom Maggio, Wake Forest, Fr., P, Undeclared, Monkton, Md.
*Cameron MacPherson, Syracuse, Sr., TE, Pan African Studies, Syracuse, N.Y.
Zack Mahoney, Syracuse, Jr., QB, Communication & Rhetorical Studies, LaGrange Park, Ill.
Andrew Marshall, Georgia Tech, Jr., T, Business Administration, Cumming, Ga.
*Corbin McCarthy, Duke, Sr.-R, , S, Markets Management (Grad), Norco, Calif.
Jack McDonald, Virginia, Jr.-R, G, Foreign Affairs, Quincy, Mass.
*Reggie Mitchell, Pitt, Sr.-R, S, MBA, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Airius Moore, NC State,Jr., LB, Social Work, Beavercreek, Ohio
Anthony Nash, Duke, Sr.-R, WR Evolutionary Anthropology, West Chester, Pa.
Scott Orndoff, Pitt, Sr., TE, Social Sciences, Waynesboro, Pa.
*Nathan Peterman, Pitt, Sr.-R, QB, MBA, Jacksonville, Fla.
Caleb Peterson, North Carolina, Sr., G, Exercise & Sport Science Auburn, Ala.
Sam Rogers, Virginia Tech, Sr., RB, Human Nutrition, Food & Exercise, Mechanicsville, Va.
*Roderick Rook-Chungong , Georgia Tech, Sr.-R, DE, Literature, Media & Communication, Silver Spring, Md.
Alonzo Saxton II, Duke, Jr., CB, Theatre Studies, Columbus, Ohio
*Joe Scelfo, NC State, Gr., C, Youth, Family & Community Sciences, Bogart, Ga.
Erich Schneider, Duke, Sr.-R,TE, English, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
Cam Serigne, Wake Forest, Jr.-R, TE, Finance Ashburn, Va.
Brad Stewart , Georgia Tech, So., WR, Mechanical Engineering, Savannah, Ga.
*Tanner Stone, Duke, Sr.-R, G, Markets & Mgt. (Grad), Dallas, Texas
Connor Strachan, Boston College, Jr., LB, Finance, Wellesley, Mass.
Chris Taylor, Duke, So.-R, WR, Economics, Miramar, Fla.
*Patrick Towles, Boston College, Gr., QB, Leadership & Administration, Ft. Thomas, Ky.
Justin Vogel, Miami, Sr., P, Health Sciences General, Tampa, Fla.
*Nick Weiler, North Carolina, Sr., PK, Accounting (Masters), Fairfax Station, Va.
*Deshaun Watson, Clemson, Jr., QB, Communications, Gainesville, Ga.
Christian Wilkins, Clemson , So., DE, Communications, Springfield, Mass.

*A.J. Wolf, Duke, Sr.-R, DT, Markets & Mgt. (Grad), Greenwich, Conn.
John Wolford , Wake Forest, Jr., QB, Finance, Jacksonville, Fla.

*Have already obtained undergraduate degree

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