Watson, Lawson earn another All-American honor

Watson, Lawson earn another All-American honor

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Watson, Lawson earn another All-American honor

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Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and defensive end Shaq Lawson were both named First-Team All-Americans by the Football Writers Association of America on Monday.

This is the third first-team All-American honor for both players. They both were named First-Team All-America by the Associated Press on Sunday, and last week were both named to the USA Today All-American team as first-team selections.

Watson finished third behind Alabama running back Derrick Henry and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey in Saturday’s Heisman Trophy Presentation in New York.

Watson, whose Tigers will play No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve, led the ACC this year with 3,512 passing yards and 30 touchdowns. He also led all quarterbacks with 887 yards and 11 touchdowns.

His 11 rushing touchdowns led Clemson as he was also named the ACC Championship Game’s Most Valuable Player. He totaled 420 yards and was responsible for five touchdowns in Clemson’s 45-37 victory over North Carolina. Both of those marks were ACC Championship Game records.

Watson was named the recipient of the Davey O’Brien Award earlier this week as well as taking home ACC Player of the Year honors earlier this month.

Lawson, who was also named as a first-team selection by USA Today, led the nation in tackles for loss with 22.5. He also recorded 9.5 sacks to lead the Tigers, while finishing fourth on the team with 55 tackles.

2015 AUTONATION FWAA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson (6-2, 207, So., Gainesville, Ga.)
RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State (5-11, 202, So. , Miami, Fla.)
RB Leonard Fournette, LSU (6-1, 230, So., New Orleans, La.)
RB Derrick Henry, Alabama (6-3, 242, Jr., Yulee, Fla.)
WR Corey Coleman, Baylor (5-11 , 190, Jr., Richardson, Texas)
WR Josh Doctson, TCU (6-4, 195, Sr., Mansfield, Texas)
OL Spencer Drango, Baylor (6-6, 320, Sr., Cedar Park, Texas)
OL Joshua Garnett, Stanford (6-5, 321, Sr., Puyallup, Wash.)
OL Jason Spriggs, Indiana (6-7, 305, Sr., Elkhart, Ind.)
OL Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame (6-6, 315, Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.)
C Ryan Kelly, Alabama (6-5, 297, Sr., West Chester, Ohio)

DEFENSE
DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M (6-5, 262, So., Arlington, Texas)
DL Shaq Lawson, Clemson (6-3, 270, Jr., Central, S.C.)
DL Carl Nassib, Penn State (6-7, 272, Sr. , West Chester, Pa.)
DL A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama (6-4, 312, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas)
LB Tyler Matakevich, Temple (6-1, 232, Sr., Stratford, Conn.)
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama (6-2, 252, Sr., Madison, Ala.)
LB Joe Schobert, Wisconsin (6-2, 236, Sr., Waukesha, Wis.)
DB Jeremy Cash, Duke (6-2, 210, Sr., Miami, Fla.)
DB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (5-11, 199, Jr., Tampa, Fla.)
DB Desmond King, Iowa (5-11, 200, Jr., Detroit, Mich.)
DB Shawun Lurry, Northern Illinois (5-8, 178, So., West Palm Beach, Fla.)

SPECIALISTS
K Ka’imi Fairbairn, UCLA (6-0, 190, Sr., Kailua, Hawaii)
P Tom Hackett, Utah (5-11, 195, Sr., Melbourne, Australia)
KR Christian McCaffrey, Stanford (6-0, 201, So., Castle Rock, Colo.)
PR William Likely, Maryland (5-7, 175, Jr., Belle Glade, Fla.)

2015 AUTONATION FWAA ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Offense: QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma; RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State; RB Royce Freeman, Oregon; WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame; WR Roger Lewis, Bowling Green; WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC; OL Jack Conklin, Michigan State; OL Taylor Decker, Ohio State; OL Tyler Johnstone, Oregon; OL Landon Turner, North Carolina; C Jack Allen, Michigan State. Defense: DL Andrew Billings, Baylor; DL DeForest Buckner, Oregon; DL Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State; DL; Sheldon Day, Notre Dame; LB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri; LB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame; LB Eric Striker, Oklahoma; DB Eddie Jackson, Alabama; DB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan; DB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State; DB Darian Thompson, Boise State.Specialists: K Jaden Oberkrom, TCU; P Michael Carrizosa, San José State; KR Evan Berry, Tennessee; PR Cameron Sutton, Tennessee.

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