Adams, Gardner Named First-team All-American


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Gardner needs just four catches in the Gator Bowl against Virginia Tech to become Clemson's all-time leader.

Clemson, SC--Linebacker Keith Adams and wide receiver Rod Gardner have both
been named first-team All-Americans by College & Pro Football Weekly.
This is the ninth service to name Adams to the first-team, the second
service to name Gardner.


Adams was named first-team All-American by Associated Press on
Wednesday. He has also been named to the first team by Gannett News
Service, Football News, Walter Camp, Sporting News,
collegefootballnews.com, rivals.com and bcs.com. Gardner was also chosen
first-team by the Gannett News Service.


Adams had 138 tackles this year, including 18 behind the line of
scrimmage. He had six sacks and now has 22 for his career. His 53 tackles
for loss rank third in school history. The junior from College Park, GA
was a finalist for the Butkus Award, the Bednarik Award and for the
Football News National Defensive Player of the Year.


Gardner, a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, has 51 catches
for 956 yards in 2000. He needs just four catches in the Gator Bowl
against Virginia Tech to become Clemson's all-time leader. His 956 yards
rank second highest for a single season in Clemson history, second only to
the 1084 he accumulated in 1999. Gardner set a Clemson record with 182
reception yards at North Carolina this year. His 50-yard reception from
Woodrow Dantzler with just 10 seconds left set up Aaron Hunt's game winning
field goal against South Carolina on November 18.


Clemson concluded the season with four players who made first or
second or third-team All-America squads this year. Free Safety Robert
Carswell was a third-team selection by Sporting News and Associated Press.
Center Kyle Young, a first-team academic All-American, was named
second-team on the field All-American by Football News, third-team by The
Sporting News.

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