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
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