Clemson sets record with 17 All-ACC selections

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Pos: QB   Height: 6-2   Weight: 218   Hometown: Gainesville, GA (Gainesville HS)  
Years Played: 2014 - 2016

CLEMSON, S.C. — A record 17 Clemson players were named to one of three All-ACC teams announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). Sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson was joined on the first team by offensive players Eric Mac Lain and Artavis Scott, as well as defensive players Mackensie Alexander, Shaq Lawson and Carlos Watkins.

Clemson’s entire starting offensive line was honored for the first time ever, as Jay Guillermo was a second-team choice, while Tyrone Crowder, Joe Gore and Mitch Hyatt were all third-team selections. Other All-ACC selections on offense were running back Wayne Gallman and tight end Jordan Leggett, who were named to the second team. Placekicker Greg Huegel also got a second-team nod.

Defensively, four Tigers were named to the second and third teams. Starting linebackers Ben Boulware and B.J. Goodson were both second-team honorees, along with safety Jayron Kearse. Starting cornerback Cordrea Tankersley was a third-team selection.

Watson concluded the regular season with an ACC-best 3,979 yards of total offense and 36 total touchdowns. A finalist for the Maxwell and O’Brien awards, he also leads the conference with a 161.9 passing efficiency, and is second with 268.6 passing yards per game. Mac Lain, the starting left guard, has had a lot to do with Clemson’s success on offense. The Tigers ended the regular season with eight straight games tallying at least 500 yards on offense.

Scott is second in the ACC with 6.4 receptions per game, snagging 77 passes for 709 yards and four touchdowns. Leggett, a finalist for the Mackey Award, finished the regular season with 31 receptions from his tight end spot, with six touchdowns. On the ground, Gallman is third among ACC backs with 104.1 rushing yards per game, while contributing nine scores.

Huegel has been quite the success story, converting 21 of 23 field goal attempts. His 91.3 percent clip is tops among ACC kickers. He has made 16 straight entering Saturday’s ACC Championship Game.

Lawson leads the ACC with 20.5 tackles for loss and is fourth with 8.5 sacks. He has had at least one tackle for loss in all but one game, and is a finalist for both the Lombardi and Nagurski awards. Watkins, a defensive tackle, has accumulated 60 stops this season, including six behind the line of scrimmage.

Alexander and Kearse have been big factors behind Clemson’s success against the pass this season. Alexander has five pass breakups in 571 snaps, and has not allowed a touchdown in man coverage all season. Kearse is tied for sixth on the Tiger defense with 70 tackles, including 6.5 for loss. He is second on the team with eight pass breakups as well.

Goodson and Boulware are Clemson’s top two tacklers in 2015 with 118 and 116, respectively. Goodson’s total includes 15 tackles for loss, while Boulware has seven. Goodson is second on the squad with 5.5 sacks, while Boulware is third with six pass breakups.

Tankersley, a third-teamer, leads Clemson with four interceptions on the season. He returned one for a score in the Tigers’ 58-0 rout of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., on October 24. Tankersley has also added a team-high nine pass breakups.

The 2015 ACSMA All-ACC Football Teams:

First Team Offense			
WR	Tyler Boyd		Jr.	Pitt		147
WR	Artavis Scott		So.	Clemson		130
WR	Isaiah Ford		So.	Virginia Tech	124
TE	Jaylen Samuels		So.	NC State	93
T	Roderick Johnson	So.	Florida State	102
T	Joe Thuney		Sr.-R	NC State	82
G	Landon Turner		Sr.-R	North Carolina	132
G	Eric Mac Lain		Sr.-R	Clemson		113
C	Matt Skura		Sr.-R	Duke		94
QB	Deshaun Watson		So.	Clemson		150
RB	Dalvin Cook		So.	Florida State	150
RB	Elijah Hood		So.	North Carolina	123
PK	Roberto Aguayo		Jr.-R	Florida State	86
Sp.	DeVon Edwards		Jr.-R	Duke		103

First Team Defense			
DE	Shaq Lawson		Jr.	Clemson		132
DE	Ejuan Price		Sr.-R	Pitt		111
DT	Carlos Watkins		Jr.-R	Clemson		101
DT	Luther Maddy		Sr.-R	Virginia Tech	60
DT	Connor Wujciak		Sr.-R	Boston College	60
LB	Micah Kiser		So.-R	Virginia	93
LB	Brandon Chubb		Sr.-R	Wake Forest	87
LB	Keith Kelsey		Jr.	Louisville	78
CB	Jalen Ramsey		Jr.	Florida State	122
CB	Mackensie Alexander	So.-R	Clemson		81
S	Jeremy Cash		Sr.-R	Duke		122
S	Quin Blanding		So.	Virginia	88
P	Riley Dixon		Sr.	Syracuse	77

Second Team Offense			
WR	Travis Rudolph		So.	Florida State	96
WR	Canaan Severin		Sr.	Virginia	88
WR	Mack Hollins		Jr.-R	North Carolina	63
WR	Kermit Whitfield	Jr.	Florida State	63
TE	Jordan Leggett		Jr.	Clemson		77
T	Jon Heck		Jr.-R	North Carolina	79
T	Adam Bisnowaty		Jr.-R	Pitt		77
G	Dorian Johnson		Jr.	Pitt		49
G	Caleb Peterson		Jr.-R	North Carolina	45
C	Jay Guillermo		Jr.-R	Clemson		88
QB	Marquise Williams	Sr.-R	North Carolina	95
RB	Wayne Gallman		So.-R	Clemson		115
RB	Qadree Ollison		Fr.-R	Pitt		69
PK	Greg Huegel		Fr.-R	Clemson		77
Sp.	Ryan Switzer		Jr.	North Carolina	83

Second Team Defense			
DE	Mike Rose		Sr.-R	NC State	96
DE	DeMarcus Walker		Jr.	Florida State	81
DT	Nile Lawrence-Stample	Sr.-R	Florida State	58
DT	DeAngelo Brown		Jr.-R	Louisville	46
LB	Steven Daniels		Sr.	Boston College	65
LB	Ben Boulware		Jr.	Clemson		60
LB	B.J. Goodson		Sr.-R	Clemson		60
LB	Reggie Northrup		Sr.	Florida State	60
CB	M.J. Stewart		So.	North Carolina	65
CB	Artie Burns		Jr.	Miami		51
S	Jayron Kearse		Jr.	Clemson		69
S	Justin Simmons		Sr.	Boston College	47
P	Alex Kinal		Sr.-R	Wake Forest	75
Third Team Offense			
WR	Stacy Coley		Jr.	Miami		58
WR	Ryan Switzer		Jr.	North Carolina	34
WR	Quinshad Davis		Sr.	North Carolina	28
TE	Bucky Hodges		So.-R	Virginia Tech	52
T	Mitch Hyatt		Fr.	Clemson		66
T	Joe Gore		Sr.-R	Clemson		59
G	Tyrone Crowder		So.-R	Clemson		39
G	Kareem Are		Jr.-R	Florida State	38
C	Lucas Crowley		Jr.	North Carolina	58
QB	Brad Kaaya		So.	Miami		30
RB	Taquan Mizzell		Jr.	Virginia	43
RB	Travon McMillian	Fr.-R	Virginia Tech	30
PK	Ross Martin		Sr.	Duke		56
Sp.	Brisly Estime		Jr.	Syracuse	34

Third Team Defense			
DE	Sheldon Rankins		Sr.	Louisville	47
DE	Ron Thompson		Jr.	Syracuse	24
DT	Nazair Jones		So.-R	North Carolina	33
DT	Derrick Nnadi		So.	Florida State	31
DT	Darryl Render		Sr.	Pitt		31
LB	Shakeel Rashad		Sr.	North Carolina	58
LB	James Burgess		Sr.	Louisville	53
LB	Dwayne Norman		Sr.	Duke		43
CB	Cordrea Tankersley	Jr.	Clemson		47
CB	Des Lawrence		Jr.	North Carolina	45
S	Jordan Whitehead	Fr.	Pitt		41
S	Derwin James		Fr.	Florida State	30
P	Will Monday		Sr.-R	Duke		39

Honorable Mention Offense			
TE	Cam Serigne		So.-R	Wake Forest	39
T	Bryan Chamberlain	Sr.-R	Georgia Tech	29
T	Casey Blaser		Jr.-R	Duke		23
T	Geron Christian		Fr.	Louisville	20
G	Chad Mavety		Jr.-R	Florida State	36
G	Lucas Patrick		Sr.-R	Duke		35
G	Ross Burbank		Sr.-R	Virginia	28
G	Trey Braun		Sr.-R	Georgia Tech	25
C	Quinton Schooley	Sr.	NC State	23
RB	Matt Dayes		Jr.	NC State	29
RB	Joe Yearby		So.	Miami		26
PK	Nick Weiler		Jr.	North Carolina	36
PK	Michael Badgley		So.	Miami		27
Sp.	Nyheim Hines		Fr.	NC State	25
Sp.	Kermit Whitfield	Jr.	Florida State	23
Sp.	Bra'Lon Cherry		Jr.	NC State	22

Honorable Mention Defense			
DE	Kevin Dodd		Jr.-R	Clemson		22
DT	Adam Gotsis		Sr.	Georgia Tech	28
DT	David Dean		Sr.-R	Virginia	28
DT	Corey Marshall		Sr.-R	Virginia Tech	21
LB	Trevon Young		Jr.	Louisville	41
LB	Terrance Smith		Sr.-R	Florida State	39
LB	Devonte Fields		Jr.	Louisville	39
LB	Matt Milano		Jr.	Boston College	38
LB	Jeff Schoettmer		Sr.-R	North Carolina	25
CB	Trumaine Washington	So.	Louisville	38
CB	Shaq Wiggins		So.-R	Louisville	23
CB	Avonte Maddox		So.	Pitt		21
S	Deon Bush		Sr.	Miami		29
S	DeVon Edwards		Jr.-R	Duke		27
S	Donnie Miles		So.-R	North Carolina	26
S	Josh Harvey-Clemons	Jr.-R	Louisville	21
S	Lamarcus Brutus		Sr.-R	Florida State	20
P	Nicholas Conte		Jr.-R	Virginia	31
P	Cason Beatty		Sr.	Florida State	27
Tags: Deshaun Watson, Joe Gore, Eric Mac Lain, B.J. Goodson, Jay Guillermo, Kevin Dodd, Carlos Watkins, Shaq Lawson, Cordrea Tankersley, Wayne Gallman, Ben Boulware
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