Clemson defensive stars highlight ESPN midseason honors


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Dorian O'Daniel made ESPN's midseason All-American selections this week.
Dorian O'Daniel made ESPN's midseason All-American selections this week.

Ahead of ACC football's second half starting tonight at Syracuse, ESPN released its midseason All-ACC selections, where Clemson was represented well on defense and special teams.

Austin Bryant and Christian Wilkins anchor the conference's best on the defensive line, while Dorian O'Daniel also made the top front-seven.

Bryant and O'Daniel made ESPN's midseason All-American selections earlier this week.

O'Daniel has scored two touchdowns on two interceptions, adding 41 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Bryant ranks among the nation's best in sacks (5) and tackles for loss (11). Wilkins has totaled three tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks and ranks second on the team in QB pressures (5).

Redshirt freshman Will Spiers was named the ACC's best punter through six games, averaging 44.4 yards per punt with 12 attempts placed inside the 20.

On the offensive side, left tackle Mitch Hyatt was Clemson's lone conference rep.

Preseason, Deon Cain, Hyatt, Tyrone Crowder, Dexter Lawrence and Wilkins all were first-team All-ACC media selections.

Through six games, Cain leads the Tigers in receiving touchdowns (2), but ranks third in catches (17) and yards (244). Lawrence is currently seventh on the team in tackles for loss (2) with 21 total stops and 1.5 sacks.

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