Clemson DE makes first team, six Tigers AP All-America

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Ferrell is among the nation's best in sacks and tackles for loss.
Ferrell is among the nation's best in sacks and tackles for loss.

Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell was named to the Associated Press All-American first team. Six Tigers made the three-team top honors for the AP in all, which was a national-best and a school record.

The redshirt sophomore defensive end Ferrell ranks among the nation’s leaders in sacks (8.5) and tackles for loss (17), totaling 62 stops total. He joins Deshaun Watson (sophomore, 2015) and Sammy Watkins (freshman, 2011) as the only Clemson freshman or sophomores to make first-team AP All-American.

Three Tigers made second team in junior left tackle Mitch Hyatt, junior defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and senior linebacker Dorian O’Daniel.

Senior offensive guard Tyrone Crowder and junior defensive end Austin Bryant made the third team.

O’Daniel has tallied 84 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and two pick-sixes. Wilkins has posted 8.5 TFLs and 52 total stops. Bryant, who made first-team All-America with the FWAA also Monday, has put up 47 tackles, 14.5 TFL and 7.5 sacks.

Clemson's previous best for AP All-Americans in a season was five by the 2016 national title team. It marks the first time Clemson has had three defensive lineman named All-American in the same season.

With 11 All-America teams announced so far, Clemson has eight players named first, second or third team All-American by some service. Earlier Dexter Lawrence was named third team by the website Sports on Earth at defensive tackle. Ray-Ray McCloud was a second team selection as a punt returner by Pro Football Focus.

Clemson All-America Summary

Austin Bryant: Football Writers Association (1), Walter Camp (2), Associated Press (3),

Clelin Ferrell: Associated Press (1), Sports on Earth (1), Football Writers Association (2), USA Today (2), The All-American (2), Sports Illustrated (2)

Dorian O’Daniel: Sports Illustrated (1), Bleacher Report (1), Associated Press (2),

Christian Wilkins: Associated Press (2), Walter Camp (2), Sports on Earth (3)

Dexter Lawrence: Sports on Earth (3)

Mitch Hyatt: Associated Press (2), USA Today (2), Football Writers Association (2), Walter Camp (2), The All-American (2), Sports on Earth (2), College Football News (2)

Tyrone Crowder: Associated Press (3), College Football News (HM)

Justin Falcinelli: College Football News (HM)

Ray-Ray McCloud: Pro Football Focus (2, Punt returner)

AP All-America



Quarterback — Baker Mayfield, senior, Oklahoma.

Running backs — Bryce Love, junior, Stanford; Rashaad Penny, senior, San Diego State.

Tackles — Orlando Brown, junior, Oklahoma; Mike McGlinchey, senior, Notre Dame.

Guards — Quenton Nelson, senior, Notre Dame; Braden Smith, senior, Auburn.

Center — Billy Price, senior, Ohio State.

Tight end — Mark Andrews, junior, Oklahoma.

Receivers — James Washington, senior, Oklahoma State; Anthony Miller, senior, Memphis.

All-purpose player — Saquon Barkley, junior, Penn State.

Kicker — Matt Gay, junior, Utah.


Ends — Bradley Chubb, senior, North Carolina State; Clelin Ferrell, sophomore, Clemson.

Tackles — Hercules Mata'afa, junior, Washington State; Maurice Hurst, senior, Michigan.

Linebackers — Roquan Smith, junior, Georgia; Josey Jewell, senior, Iowa; T.J. Edwards, junior, Wisconsin.

Cornerbacks — Josh Jackson, junior, Iowa; Denzel Ward, junior, Ohio State.

Safeties — Minkah Fitzpatrick, junior, Alabama; DeShon Elliott, junior, Texas.

Punter — Michael Dickson, junior, Texas.




Quarterback — Lamar Jackson, junior, Louisville.

Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, freshman, Wisconsin; Kerryon Johnson, junior, Auburn.

Tackles — Mitch Hyatt, junior, Clemson; Isaiah Wynn, senior, Georgia.

Guards — Cody O'Connell, senior, Washington State; Will Hernandez, senior, UTEP.

Center — Bradley Bozeman, senior, Alabama.

Tight end — Troy Fumagalli, senior, Wisconsin.

Receivers — David Sills V, junior, West Virginia; Michael Gallup, senior, Colorado State.

All-purpose player — Dante Pettis, senior, Washington.

Kicker — Daniel Carlson, senior, Auburn.


Ends — Sutton Smith, sophomore, Northern Illinois; Nick Bosa, sophomore, Ohio State.

Tackles — Ed Oliver, sophomore, Houston; Christian Wilkins, junior, Clemson.

Linebackers — Malik Jefferson, junior, Texas; Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, senior, Oklahoma; Dorian O'Daniel, senior, Clemson.

Cornerbacks — Jalen Davis, senior, Utah State; Carlton Davis, junior, Auburn.

Safeties — Derwin James, junior, Florida State; Justin Reid, junior, Stanford.

Punter — Johnny Townsend, senior, Florida.




Quarterback — Mason Rudolph, senior, Oklahoma State.

Running backs — Ronald Jones II, junior, Southern California; Devin Singletary, sophomore, Florida Atlantic.

Tackles — David Edwards, sophomore, Wisconsin; Jonah Williams, sophomore, Alabama.

Guards — Beau Benzschawel, junior, Wisconsin; Tyrone Crowder, senior, Clemson.

Center — Frank Ragnow, senior, Arkansas.

Tight end — Jaylen Samuels, senior, North Carolina State.

Receivers — Steve Ishmael, senior, Syracuse; A.J. Brown, sophomore, Mississippi.

All-purpose player — D.J. Reed, junior, Kansas State.

Kicker — Eddy Piniero, junior, Florida.


Ends — Austin Bryant, junior, Clemson; Mat Boesen, senior, TCU.

Tackles — Vita Vea, junior, Washington; Harrison Phillips, senior, Stanford.

Linebackers — Micah Kiser, senior, Virginia; Tremaine Edmunds, junior, Virginia Tech; Devin Bush, sophomore, Michigan.

Cornerbacks — Andraez Williams, redshirt freshman, LSU; Jack Jones, sophomore, Southern California.

Safeties — Armani Watts, senior, Texas A&M; Quin Blanding, senior, Virginia.

Punter — Mitch Wisnowsky, junior, Utah.

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