Carson and Young Named First Team Academic All-Americans


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<font class=caption>Chad Carson leads the Tigers with 146 tackles which also good for second in the ACC.</font>
Chad Carson leads the Tigers with 146 tackles which also good for second in the ACC.

Clemson, SC-Clemson starting middle linebacker Chad Carson and starting
center Kyle Young were both named 2000 Verizon Academic All-Americans by
the College Sports Information Directors of America.


Clemson was the only NCAA Division I School to have two first-team
All-American selections this year. This is the second year in Clemson
football history that the program has had two Academic All-America
selections in the same season. The only other time was in 1999 when the
same two players were chosen.


Carson of Newnan, GA has a 3.94 career GPA in biological sciences.
He has made just one "B" in his academic career. Young, a native of
Clemson, SC has a 3.97 career GPA in secondary education. Young is a
senior academically, but a junior on the field.


"Chad Carson and Kyle Young have worked hard and being presented
with this honor recognizes this hard work", said Clemson Head Coach Tommy
Bowden. "Both manage their academics and football very well. They set an
inspiring example for our players on the field and in the classroom."


Now a two-time first team All-America selection, Young was a major
contributor to the success of the Clemson offense. His leadership on the
field played a major part in Clemson's average of 446.5 yards per game,
highest in school history. He had 106 knockdown blocks at center, most
ever by a Clemson center. Young was named first-team All-ACC and second
team All-American by Sporting News and Football News.


Young is just the second two-time first-team Academic All-America
selection in Clemson history. He joins Steve Fuller (1977-78) with that
distinction. He was also an All-American on the field. He is just the
third Clemson football player in history to be named Academic All-American
and on-field All-American in the same year, join Fuller (1978) and Lou
Cordileone (1959).


Carson a second-team Academic American in 1999, finished the season
with 146 tackles, averaging 13.3 per game. That figure ranked first on the
Clemson team and second in the ACC. He had nine tackles for loss and three
sacks during the 2000 seasons. He had nine games of 10 or more tackles,
with a season high of 22 versus Georgia Tech. He went over the 300 tackle
mark in the South Carolina game. He was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the
week twice this year.

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