9 Clemson football players named to All-ACC first team

Clemson leads all Atlantic Coast Conference schools with a total of 15 players on this year's All-ACC teams, which the conference announced Monday.

Nine Tigers were named to the All-ACC first team: Redshirt junior wide receiver Mike Williams, senior tight end Jordan Leggett, sophomore left tackle Mitch Hyatt, redshirt junior guard Tyrone Crowder, redshirt senior center Jay Guillermo, redshirt senior defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, senior linebacker Ben Boulware, senior cornerback Cordrea Tankersley and senior safety Jadar Johnson.

Williams and Boulware each received 131 voting points on ballots cast by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was the only player to receive more votes.

Five Clemson players were named to the All-ACC second team: Junior quarterback Deshaun Watson, redshirt junior running back Wayne Gallman, redshirt sophomore kicker Greg Huegel, sophomore defensive end Christian Wilkins and freshman defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence.

Junior wide receiver Artavis Scott was Clemson's only All-ACC third team selection. Sophomore wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud was chosen as an honorable mention as a returner, while redshirt sophomore linebacker Kendall Joseph and sophomore safety Van Smith were selected as honorable mentions on defense.

Watkins is a repeat first-team All-ACC selection from 2015. Watson and Scott were both first-team All-ACC selections in 2015. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was selected as this year's first-team All-ACC quarterback. Six ACC wide receivers garnered more votes than Scott, who finished second in voting at the position last year.

This year's 15 total selections are the second-most for Clemson in Dabo Swinney's tenure as coach. Clemson placed 17 players on the All-ACC teams in 2015.

 


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