Clemson shortstop earns first-team academic All-America honor

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Clemson shortstop earns first-team academic All-America honor

CLEMSON, S.C. - Junior shortstop Logan Davidson (Charlotte, N.C.) was named a 2019 Google Cloud First-Team Academic All-American on Thursday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Davidson became the third Tiger in history and first since 2012 (Phil Pohl) to earn first-team academic All-America honors.

Davidson graduated in May with a 3.99 cumulative GPA in management after just six semesters at Clemson, making only one B in his college career. He was also named Clemson’s top male ACC Scholar-Athlete (for all sports) in the spring. He earned All-ACC Academic and ACC Academic Honor Roll accolades in each of his first two years at Clemson and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in 2018. Those awards have yet to be presented in 2019.

In 2019, Davidson batted .291 with 15 homers, two triples, 18 doubles, 55 RBIs, 55 runs, a .412 on-base percentage, 17 steals and a .969 fielding percentage in 61 games as a team co-captain and Mitchell Award winner as the team’s most valuable player. He also reached base in 59 of the 61 games and had a 56-game on-base streak.

Davidson is a two-time All-ACC selection who has started all 187 games of his Tiger career at shortstop. He is hitting .290 with 42 homers, two triples, 45 doubles, 142 RBIs, 171 runs, a .403 on-base percentage and 37 steals in his career. Davidson, who became the first Tiger in history to total both double-digit home runs and double-digit steals in three different seasons, has a .952 career fielding percentage.

On Monday, Davidson became Clemson’s 15th first-round draft pick in history when he was chosen No. 29 overall by the Oakland Athletics.

Clemson's Coley one of three on ACC committee

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today three student-athlete representatives from its member institutions who will hold voting power on proposed NCAA rule changes under the Division I autonomy process.

Clemson’s Darron Coley (track & field), Wake Forest’s Caroline Kuhn (volleyball), and Syracuse’s Kingsley Jonathan (football) will participate as members of the ACC Autonomy Committee and will be invited to attend various ACC governance meetings and participate as members of the voting delegation at the 2020 NCAA Convention.

“The input our student-athletes bring to the governance process is invaluable and we look forward to having Darron, Kingsley and Caroline around the table,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Over the last five years of the autonomy process, the contributions from our student-athletes have helped shape the significant and necessary changes in the collegiate model.”

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors voted in August of 2014 to restructure how schools and conferences govern themselves, paving the way for student-athletes to have a voice – and a vote – at every level of decision-making. A council, established as part of that process, is responsible for day-to-day operations of the division and includes two seats for student-athletes, two for faculty and four for commissioners.

The new model also granted flexibility to schools in the Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences to change rules for themselves in a list of specific areas within Division I. The legislative process for these 65 schools includes the three student-athlete representatives from each conference who vote on rule changes.

A native of Centreville, Virginia, Coley graduated in May with a degree in management and a minor in psychology. He has one season of eligibility remaining and plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration. Coley served as the school’s SAAC Vice President and gained experience as an intern with Clemson’s Director of Presidential Communications.

This is the fifth group of ACC student-athletes chosen to represent the league in the NCAA Autonomy process.

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