3 Tigers named first team All-ACC

Clemson defensive players Vic Beasley, Grady Jarrett and Stephone Anthony all were named first-team All-ACC according by the ACC Sports Media Association on Monday.

It is the first time since 2010 that Clemson has had three first-team selections on the defensive side of the ball.

Additionally, Clemson receivers Artavis Scott and Mike Williams, and cornerback Garry Peters were named to the second team. Clemson offensive linemen Kalon Davis and David Beasley, kicker Ammon Lakip, and defensive backs Robert Smith and MacKensie Alexander were honorable mention selections.

Beasley, Jarrett and Anthony have been leaders of Clemson’s number-one ranked defense all year. Beasley has 32 tackles, including 11 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss. He leads the ACC and ranks 10th in the nation in sacks and tackles for loss. Jarrett has been a big reason the Tigers are ranked in the top five in the nation in rushing defense. The senior has 70 tackles to lead Clemson defensive linemen. Anthony is Clemson’s top tackler with 88 tackles and has 9.5 tackles for loss.

Peters has been a most productive cornerback with a team best 13 passes defensed and has 52 tackles. He was Clemson’s top tackler in the win over South Carolina.

Scott and Williams are Clemson’s top two receivers and both rank in the top five in the ACC in reception yardage. Scott has 68 receptions for 851 yards and seven scores. He had seven receptions for 185 yards and two scores in the win over South Carolina. The yardage total was the most in Clemson history against South Carolina and the most by a Clemson freshman in any game.

Williams has 48 receptions for a team best 918 yards and five touchdowns. His 19.1 yards per reception average is second best in the nation among players with at least 45 catches. He is fourth in Clemson history in that category on a career basis.

Lakip ranks 15th in the nation in field goals per game by making 19-25 attempts and he is Clemson’s top scorer with 96 points. Davis and David Beasley have been senior leaders of a Clemson offensive line that has helped the Tigers to an average of 30 points and 410 yards per game. Smith is second on the team in tackles, while Alexander has been an effective shutdown corner who is a big reason Clemson ranks fifth in the nation in pass efficiency defense.

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