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Two Tigers named AP All-Americans

Clemson Athletic Communications - Wednesday, December 12, 2012 9:07 AM
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DeAndre Hopkins
Pos: WR   Height: 6-2   Weight: 205   Hometown: Central, SC (D.W. Daniel HS)   Years Played: 2010 - 2012



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CLEMSON, SC - Clemson center Dalton Freeman and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins have been named All-Americans by the Associated Press. Freeman, a graduate student from Pelion, SC, was named the second-team center, while Hopkins, a junior from Central, SC was named third-team wide receiver.

Freeman has started 48 consecutive games at center for the Tigers and has played more plays than any other player in Clemson history. He has been a starter on three Clemson teams that have been champion or co-champion of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, including 2011 when the Tigers won the ACC Championship.

Freeman was also named a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American this year. He is the fourth football player in Clemson history to be name All-American on the field and academic All-American in the same year. Earlier he was named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, the first center to make a first-team in school history.

Hopkins has been named a second or third-team All-American by five services. In 2012 he has 69 receptions for 1214 yards and 16 touchdowns. He ranks second in the nation in touchdown receptions and it is a Clemson record. He needs just one touchdown catch against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl to tie the ACC single season record. That would also establish the ACC record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch. He has a streak of nine active entering the bowl game.

Hopkins has caught at least one pass in 35 consecutive games over three years. The Clemson record is 36 by Jerry Butler from 1975-78, so Hopkins can tie that mark as well in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He already holds Clemson career records for touchdown receptions and receiving yards.


FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB -- Johnny Manziel , Texas A&M
RB -- Montee Ball, Wisconsin
RB -- Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
WR -- Marqise Lee, USC
WR -- Terrance Williams, Baylor
TE -- Zach Ertz, Stanford
OT -- Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
OT -- Taylor Lewan, Michigan
OG -- Chance Warmack, Alabama
OG -- Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
C -- Barrett Jones, Alabama

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DE -- Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
DE -- Bjoern Werner, Florida State
DT -- Star Lotulelei, Utah
DT -- Will Sutton, Arizona State
LB -- Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
LB -- Jarvis Jones, Georgia
LB -- C.J. Mosley, Alabama
CB -- Dee Milliner, Alabama
CB -- Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
S -- Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
S -- Matt Elam, Florida

FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS

K -- Cairo Santos, Tulane
P -- Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
All-Purpose -- Tavon Austin, West Virginia

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB -- Collin Klein, Kansas State
RB -- Kenjon Barner, Oregon
RB -- Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
WR -- Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
WR -- Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
TE -- Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
OT -- D.J. Fluker, Alabama
OT -- David Yankey, Stanford
OG -- Spencer Long, Nebraska
OG -- Cyril Richardson, Baylor
C -- Dalton Freeman, Clemson

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DE -- Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
DE -- Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
DT -- Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
DT -- Kawann Short, Purdue
LB -- Kevin Minter, LSU
LB -- Anthony Barr, UCLA
LB -- Arthur Brown, Kansas State
CB -- Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
CB -- Bradley Roby, Ohio State
S -- Eric Reid, LSU
S -- Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

SECOND TEAM SPECIALISTS

K -- Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
P -- Riley Stephenson, BYU
All-Purpose -- Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

THIRD TEAM OFFENSE

QB -- A.J. McCarron, Alabama
RB -- Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada
RB -- Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
WR -- DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
WR -- Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
TE -- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
OT -- Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
OT -- Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
OG -- Larry Warford, Kentucky
OG -- Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA
C -- Braxston Cave, Notre Dame

THIRD TEAM DEFENSE

DE -- John Simon, Ohio State
DE -- Sam Montgomery, LSU
DT -- Shariff Floyd, Florida
DT -- Chris Jones, Bowling Green
LB -- Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
LB -- Trent Murphy, Stanford
LB -- Kyle Van Noy, BYU
CB -- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
CB -- Jason Verrett, TCU
S -- Ed Reynolds, Stanford
S -- Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State

THIRD TEAM SPECIALISTS

K -- Caleb Sturgis, Florida
P -- Kyle Christy, Florida
All-Purpose -- Dri Archer, Kent State

All-Americans by conference

SEC: 22
Pac-12: 15
Big 12: 9
Big Ten: 7
ACC: 6
Independents: 6
MAC: 4
Mountain West: 2
WAC: 2
C-USA: 1
Big East: 1

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