Three Tigers earn AP midseason All-America honors


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Three Tigers earn AP midseason All-America honors

Two Clemson players were named first-team All-America and another earned second-team midseason honors from the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Senior starting left tackle Mitch Hyatt and junior defensive end Clelin Ferrell got the nod for the AP first-team.

Hyatt is approaching former Clemson center Dalton Freeman for the most snaps ever in a Tigers uniform (3,232; 3,361 for Freeman) after making his 48th career start at Wake Forest, which is one short of tying Landon Walker and Dalton Freeman for the most starts of any Clemson offensive lineman. He earned offensive lineman of the week honors for his efforts versus Texas A&M and Syracuse.

Ferrell leads Clemson in sacks (6), tackles for loss (8) and run stuffs (9.5) after coming into the season with a slew of preseason All-American honors.

Dynamic sophomore running back Travis Etienne was tabbed with second-team honors, ranking second among qualified-runners in yards per carry (9.17), fourth in rushing TDs (11), fourth in total touchdowns (12) fifth in rushing yards per game (126.8), sixth in rushing yards (761).

No. 3 Clemson returns to action this weekend versus NC State in a home 3:30 p.m. kickoff (ESPN).

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore, Alabama.

Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, junior, Memphis.

Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson.

Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Shane Lemieux, junior, Oregon.

Center — Ross Pierschbacher, senior, Alabama.

Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M.

Receivers — Laviska Shenault Jr., sophomore, Colorado; Jerry Jeudy, sophomore, Alabama.

All-purpose player — Greg Dortch, sophomore, Wake Forest.

Kicker — Andre Szmyt, freshman, Syracuse.

Defense

Ends — Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson; Chase Winovich, senior, Michigan.

Tackles — Ed Oliver, junior, Houston; Gerald Willis III, senior, Miami.

Linebackers — Josh Allen, senior, Kentucky; Devin White, junior, LSU; Ben Burr-Kirven, senior, Washington.

Cornerbacks — Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame; Greedy Williams, sophomore, LSU.

Safeties — Deionte Thompson, junior, Alabama; Grant Delpit, sophomore, LSU.

Punter — Braden Mann, junior, Texas A&M.

SECOND TEAM

Offense

Quarterback — Dwayne Haskins, sophomore, Ohio State.

Running backs — Travis Etienne, sophomore, Clemson; Benny Snell, junior, Kentucky.

Tackles — David Edwards, junior, Wisconsin; Greg Little, junior, Mississippi.

Guards — Terronne Prescod, senior, North Carolina State; Ben Bredeson, junior, Michigan.

Center — Michael Jordan, junior, Ohio State.

Tight end — Noah Fant, junior, Iowa.

Receivers — Marquise Brown, junior, Oklahoma; John Ursua, junior, Hawaii.

All-purpose player — Rondale Moore, freshman, Purdue.

Kicker — Cole Tracy, senior, LSU.

Defense

Ends — Montez Sweat, junior, Mississippi State; Brian Burns, junior, Florida State.

Tackles — Jerry Tillery, senior, Notre Dame; Quinnen Williams, sophomore, Alabama.

Linebackers — Devin Bush, junior, Michigan; Porter Gustin, senior, Southern California; Curtis Bolton, senior, Oklahoma.

Cornerbacks — Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia; Adrian Frye, freshman, Texas Tech.

Safeties — Taylor Rapp, junior, Washington; Ugochukwu Amadi, senior, Oregon.

Punter — Ryan Stonehouse, sophomore, Colorado State.

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