Chansi Stuckey was named first-team All-ACC for the second consecutive year, highlighting the selection of five Clemson players to the first-team all-conference squad announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It marked the first time since 2000 that Clemson had five first-team selections.
Stuckey was one of four Tigers on the first-team. The
graduate from Warner Robbins, GA was joined on the first team by
sophomore running back James Davis, senior offensive guard Nathan Bennett and junior offensive tackle Barry Richardson. Gaines Adams was a first-team selection at defensive end, Clemson's only
first or second-team selection on the defensive side of the ball.
Clemson ranks 12th in the nation in total defense and 14th in
scoring defense this year.
Senior center Dustin Fry and freshman running back C.J. Spiller were both named to the second-team, while tight end Thomas Hunter and cornerback Duane Coleman were honorable mention selections.
Clemson tied Wake Forest for the most overall first-team
selections with five.
Clemson, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech all
had seven first or second-team selections to tie for he most in the
conference. The Tigers had four first-team selections on offense, two
more than any other ACC team and the most first-team selections on
offense for a Clemson tam since 1978 when Clemson had five.
As far as the offensive line is concerned, this marked the
first time since 1996 that Clemson had three first or second-team
Stuckey was named to the first-team for the second
consecutive year, the first Clemson wide receiver named first-team
All-ACC in two different seasons since Perry Tuttle in 1980-81.
Stuckey missed three games with a broken foot, but finished the
regular season with an average of five receptions per game, first in
the conference. He has 45 catches overall for 607 yards and three
touchdowns. He was second in the ACC in yards per game to Georgia
Tech's Calvin Johnson.
Davis was named first team All-ACC running back after he was
named second team last season. Davis rushed for 1134 yards and 17
touchdowns this season. His touchdown total is first in the ACC and
he tied a Clemson record for rushing touchdowns in a season. The
1134 rushing yards rank sixth best in Clemson history for a single
season. He had 216 yards rushing in Clemson's victory over 13th
ranked Georgia Tech and was named National Offensive Player of the
Week by the Walter Camp Foundation.
Bennett and Richardson were keys to Clemson's offensive line,
a major reason Clemson leads the ACC in total offense for the first
time since 1991 and leads the league in scoring offense for the first
time since 1988. Bennett finished the regular season with a team
best 97 knockdown blocks, while Richardson had 72.5. Bennett was
named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against
Georgia Tech. Richardson is the first Clemson underclassman
offensive lineman to make first-team All-ACC since Jim Bundren in
Adams led the ACC in sacks from his defensive end position
and he ranks 10th in the nation in that category. The senior from
Greenwood, SC has 10.5 sacks this season, tied for second best in
Clemson history and his 26 career sacks rank third in school history
behind the Perry brothers.
Spiller, in making second-team All-ACC as a freshman, ranks
fourth in the ACC in rushing with 76.2 yards per game, but he is
coming off consecutive 150-yard rushing performances. He was a
three-time ACC Rookie of the Week selection. He has a Clemson
freshman record five 100-yard rushing games this year and has scored
12 total touchdowns, more than any other freshman in Clemson history.
His 7.37 yards per carry figure is the best by any ACC running back
since Warrick Dunn had a 7.5 average in 1995.
Fry has started every game the last two years, and played
more snaps than any other Clemson player on offense or defense this
season. He has 68.5 knockdown blocks for the season and has been a
major reason the Tigers rank fifth in the nation in rushing offense
with an ACC best 225 yards per game.
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