By: Brian Rauf
Clemson fans do have a reason to celebrate even after their loss to South Carolina; the Tigers have six players that were named first team All-ACC selections, all from the offensive side of the ball.
Skill players Tajh Boyd, Andre Ellington, and Nuk Hopkins all made the list, and were joined by linemen Brandon Thomas and Dalton Freemen, with tight end Brandon Ford.
Clemson’s offense finished sixth in the nation averaging just over 42 points per game and led the ACC in scoring offense, passing offense, pass efficiency, and total offense. Boyd led the way under center with 3,550 yards passing and 43 touchdowns (34 passing – 1st in ACC). Ellington had over 1,000 yards on the ground to lead the Tigers, and Hopkins led the ACC with 16 touchdown catches.
Clemson finished the season 10-2 (7-1 in the ACC), and are currently ranked 14th in the BCS standings.
Below is the full All-ACC first team (number of votes in parentheses):
QB-Tajh Boyd, Clemson (86)
RB-Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (91)
RB-Andre Ellington, Clemson (77)
WR-DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson (80)
WR-Alex Amidon, Boston College (53)
OT-Oday Aboushi, Virginia (53)
OT-Brandon Thomas, Clemson (51)
OG-Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (79)
OG-Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech (64)
C-Dalton Freeman, Clemson (78)
TE-Brandon Ford, Clemson (54)
K-Dustin Hopkins, Florida State (79)
Spec.- Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (48)
DE-Bjoern Werner, Florida State (89)
DE-Cornellius Carradine, Florida State (77)
DT-Joe Vellano, Maryland (80)
DT-Sylvester Williams, North Carolina (63)
LB-Nick Clancy, Boston College (66)
LB-Kevin Reddick, North Carolina (65)
LB-Steve Greer, Virginia (58)
CB-Xavier Rhodes, Florida State (66)
CB-Ross Cockrell, Duke (50)
S-Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (59)
S-Earl Wolff, NC State (46)
P-Will Monday, Duke (73)