Clemson, SC--Clemson linebacker Keith Adams and Tiger center Kyle Young
were both named All-Americans by The Football News on Wednesday. Adams was
named a first-team linebacker, while Young was named a second-team
It marks the second straight year Adams has been named first-team
All-American by that publication. The junior from College Park, GA had
138 tackles this past season, including 16 in the victory over South
Carolina. He leads the Clemson team in tackles for loss with 18 and ranks
second in sacks with six. Overall, he holds 12 Clemson defensive records.
Young started every game at center and was a two-time ACC Player of
the Week selection. He had 106 knockdown blocks this season to pace the
club and also has the highest average grade, 85 percent. The native of
Clemson was a big reason the Tiger offense set school records for total
offense per game and touchdowns this past regular season. Clemson ranks
in the top 15 in the nation in scoring, rushing and totol offense. He
also played a major part in blocking for Woodrow Dantzler, who set a school
record for total offense in a season this year.
Young now has achieved status as an academic and on-field
All-American. Last year he was a first-team academic All-American
according CoSIDA. The academic All-Americans for this year will be
announced in December. He joins Lou Cordileone (1959) and Steve Fuller
(1978) as the only Clemson football players to be named All-American on the
field and in the classroom.
Adams Named Finalist for Defensive Player of the Year
Clemson, SC--Clemson linebacker Keith Adams has been named one of five
finalists for Defensive Player of the Year according to The Football News.
Adams is joined on the list by Jamal Reynolds (DE) of Florida State, Dan
Morgan (LB) of Miami (FL), Fred Smoot (DB) of Mississippi State and J.T.
Thatcher (DB) of Oklahoma.
The announcement of the winner will be made on Wednesday, December
6 and the recipient will be honored at a banquet on March 6, 2001 at the
Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI. Last year's winner was Corey Moore of
Speck Named Tatupu Special Teams Award Finalist
Clemson, SC--Clemson defensive back Chad Speck has been named one of five
finalists for the 2000 Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Award. The winner will
be announced at the 2001 Hula Bowl on the Island of Maui. The award is
named after the former Southern California player who starred on special
teams throughout his career.
Speck is tied for first in Clemson history in career special teams
tackles with 45. He has 15 this year to key a Clemson special teams
defensive unit that has allowed just 7.4 yards per punt return and 20.0 on
kickoff returns this year.
The free safety has 30 tackles in his 11 games overall this season.
He has been a key special teams player for the Tigers since 1997 when he
became the first Tiger in history to return a blocked punt for a touchdown
in a bowl game. He accomplished that against Auburn in the 1998 Peach
Speck is an outstanding all-around student-athlete. He serves as
the president of LIFELINE, Clemson's football leadership organization, and
he has a 3.84 career grade point average. He has never missed a game for
the Tigers, playing 46 in a row over four years.
Speck is the fifth different Clemson player to be named a finalist
or semifinalist for a national award. Earlier, Keith Adams was named a
finalist for the Butkus Award. Robert Carswell was named one of 12
semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award and Rod Gardner was named one of 10
semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award. Finally, quarterback Woodrow
Dantzler was named one of eight semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award.