Adams Named First-team AP All-American


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<font class=caption>Adams is the first Clemson player to make the first-team AP team since linebacker Anthony Simmons in 1997.</font>
Adams is the first Clemson player to make the first-team AP team since linebacker Anthony Simmons in 1997.

Clemson, SC -- Clemson linebacker Keith Adams was named a first-team
Associated Press All-American on Wednesday. Adams is the first Clemson
player to make the first-team AP team since linebacker Anthony Simmons in
1997.


Adams selection enhances Clemson's tradition at linebacker. It
marked the seventh time in the last 11 years that a Clemson linebacker has
been named first, second or third-team Associated Press All-American.


Senior free safety Robert Carswell was named to the third-team. It
marked the first time since 1997 that Clemson has had two different players
honored by the Associated Press. That year offensive tackle Jim Bundren
was a third-team selection in addition to Simmons first-team status.


Adams, a junior from College Park, GA, was named to the second
team last year as a sophomore, making him a two-time Associated Press
All-American. He joins Joe Bostic, Terry Kinard, William Perry, Stacy
Long, Chris Gardocki, Stacy Seegars, and Simmons as multiple year AP
All-Americans. Simmons and Perry are the only three-time AP All-Americans
in Clemson history. Next year Adams can join Terry Kinard as the only
two-time first-team AP All-Americans in Clemson history.


Adams had 138 tackles this year, including 18 tackles for loss and
six sacks. He led the Clemson team in tackles for loss. He now has 369
tackles in his career, sixth in Clemson history. He has 53 career tackles
for loss, third most in Clemson history. Adams was a big reason Clemson
ranked 18th in the nation in rushing defense. He had nine games in which
he had at least 10 tackles and had at least one tackle for loss in 10 of
the 11 games. He had one interception, a 27-yard return with two minutes
left at North Carolina that clinched the Tiger victory.


Carswell was named to the third team by Associated Press. The
senior from Lithonia, GA was also named a third-team All-American by The
Sporting News earlier this month. Carswell, a two-time first-team All-ACC
free safety, had 80 tackles this year, fourth on the Clemson team. He has
362 career tackles, seventh in Clemson history, first among defensive backs.


Clemson had four players earn some type of All-America mention this
year. Center Kyle Young was named a second-team All-American by Football
News and was a third team selection by The Sporting News. Wide receiver
Rod Gardner was a first-team choice by the Gannett News Service.


Clemson's First-team AP All-Americans

	Year	Name	                Pos
	1939	Banks McFadden	        B
	1959	Lou Cordileone	        L
	1974	Bennie Cunningham	TE
	1978	Jerry Butler	        WR
	1981	Terry Kinard	        FS
	1982	Terry Kinard	        FS
	1987	David Treadwell	        PK
	1990	Stacy Long	        OT
	1991	Jeb Flesch	        OG
	1993	Stacy Seegars	        OG
	1997	Anthony Simmons	        LB
	2000	Keith Adams	        LB


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