Six Clemson players named to AP All-America teams

Six Clemson players named to AP All-America teams

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Six Clemson players named to AP All-America teams

Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell was named First-Team All-America on Monday by the Associated Press.

Ferrell’s teammates, left tackle Mitch Hyatt, defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and linebacker Dorian O’Daniel were named as Second-Team selections.

Defensive end Austin Bryant and right guard Tyrone Crowder were named to the AP Third-Team.

Ferrell led the Tigers (12-1) with 8.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss this season. The defensive end also has 61 tackles and 12 quarterback pressures.

Mitch Hyatt started 12 games for a Clemson offense that is one of the more balanced units in the country. The Tigers also have one of the best red zone touchdown percentage units in the country and are averaging 204.1 yards per game on the ground and 244.1 through the air.

Wilkins had 8.5 tackles for loss from his defensive tackle spot, including 4.5 sacks. He also had 10 quarterback pressures and knocked down four passes at the line of scrimmage for a defense that ranks in the top 10 in scoring defense, total defense and passing defense.

O’Daniel is the only linebacker in Clemson history with two interception returns for a touchdown in the same season. The outside linebacker also leads Clemson with 99 tackles and has 10.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.

Bryant was second the team with 7.5 sacks this year and also had 14.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage to go with his  54 tackles. He also had 10 quarterback pressures.

Crowder was a First-Team All-ACC Selection as well, and helped a Clemson running game have three players reach 600 or more yards on the ground. That is the first time that has happened since 1978.

Clemson also had 40 rushing touchdown this season, including four in the ACC Championship win over Miami.

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