Dantzler Named First-Team All-ACC
Dantzler is the first Tiger named as the first-team All-ACC since Homer Jordan.
Clemson, SC-Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler has been named
first-team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sportswriters Association,
the official All-ACC team. It marks the first time in 20 years that
Clemson has had the first-team All-ACC quarterback by the
Dantzler is the first Tiger named as the first-team All-ACC
quarterback since 1981 when Homer Jordan guided the Tigers to the
National Championship. Mike Eppley was named first-team All-ACC by
Associated Press in 1984, but was not chosen to the ACC Sportswriters
Dantzler was the only Clemson player named first--team, but
five Tigers were named second team. Three of Clemson's interior
offensive linemen were named second-team All-ACC. Kyle Young,
graduate student from Clemson, SC, was named the second-team center,
while Will Merritt and Akil Smith were named second-team offensive
linemen. Merritt is a graduate student from Easley, while Smith is a
junior from Richmond, VA.
Young broke his own Clemson record for knockdown blocks this
year and has 128 heading into the season finale on Saturday against
Duke. Merritt was named second-team All-ACC for the second year in a
row. It was the first time Smith has been honored. He was the only
junior named first or second-team All-ACC from Clemson. Offensive
lineman T.J. Watkins was a honorable mention All-ACC selection.
Chad Carson, a senior from Newnan, GA, and Charles Hafley, a
graduate student from Pompano Beach, FL, were both named second-team
all-conference. Carson had been an honorable mention selection each
of the last two years. It was the first time Hafley has been named
to an All-ACC team.
Carson leads the team in tackles with 123 and ranks fifth in school
history with 434. Hafley has 113 tackles for the season and has
three interceptions. He set a Clemson record for tackles by a
defensive back with 20 against Maryland this year. Both Hafley and
Carson rank in the top 30 in the nation in tackles.
Dantzler leads the ACC in total offense with 298.6 yards per
game. He needs just 131 yards rushing against Duke to become the
first player in NCAA history to reach 2000 yards passing and 1000
yards rushing in the same season. He ranks fourth in the conference
in rushing and is sixth in passing efficiency.
Dantzler, a graduate student from Orangeburg, SC, holds 32
Clemson records including total offense on a game, season and career
basis. He is the only player in the nation to rank in the top 50 in
passing and rushing. He needs just 20 yards rushing against Duke to
become just the third quarterback in NCAA history to accumulate 5000
yards passing and 2500 rushing in a career.