University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been named to the 2013 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America team, it was announced today.
Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pound junior from Rock Hill, S.C. was named first-team All-SEC by both the Associated Press and the SEC coaches. He was a second-team Walter Camp All-American. A 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award semifinalist, Clowney finished the regular season with 10.5 tackles for loss and had 35 tackles on the year to go along with a forced fumble, a pair of pass breakups, three sacks and eight quarterback hurries.
Clowney joins Stanford offensive lineman David Yankey and Alabama linebacker C.J. Moseley as return selections on the coaches’ All-America squad.
Clowney also joins Warren Muir (1969 and ’69) and George Rogers (1979 and ’80) as the only Gamecocks to earn first-team All-America honors twice in their careers. Clowney was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2012 and was selected as the Ted Hendricks Award winner as the nation’s outstanding defensive end.
Clowney and Kelcy Quarles (Sporting News) both earned first-team All-America distinction this season. It’s just the second time Carolina has had two players garner first-team All-America honors in the same campaign, as they join the 1984 tandem of Del Wilkes and James Seawright.
The Gamecocks have had a first-team All-America selection in a school-record five consecutive seasons: Eric Norwood (2009), Alshon Jeffery (2010), Melvin Ingram (2011), Jadeveon Clowney (2012-13) and Kelcy Quarles (2013).
And from Clemson….
Sammy Watkins has been named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. With the selection, Watkins becomes the first football player in Clemson history to be named a first-team All-American by at least one service in three different years.
Watkins was named a first-team All-American as a freshman all-purpose player by the Associated Press in 2011. He was just the fourth true freshman in college football history to be named a first-team AP All-American.
In 2012 Watkins was named a first-team All-American by College and Pro Football Weekly. He had been named a second-team All-American by Associated Press, the Walter Camp Foundation and many others this year, but the announcement by the AFCA on Wednesday was his first first-team selection.
This year, Watkins has 85 receptions for 1237 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has seven 100-yard receiving games this year and 14 for his career. He needs just four receptions in the Discover Orange Bowl against Ohio State to establish a Clemson season record for receptions.
For his career his 224 receptions are fourth in ACC history and his 3164 career receiving yards rank fifth.
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