The team was announced on Thursday after 163 members of the media submitted votes.
Clemson led the offense with four selections, as quarterback Deshaun Watson,
offensive guard Eric Mac Lain and wide receivers Mike Williams and Artavis Scott
were named. Shaq Lawson was Clemson’s lone representative on the first team
Watson, who was named the preseason ACC Player of the Year earlier this week, was on
100 of the 163 ballots as the first team quarterback. The sophomore completed 68
percent of his passes last year and threw 14 touchdown passes against just two
interceptions. He also accounted for five scores on the ground.
Williams had 1,030 yards receiving on 57 receptions last year when he averaged 18
yards per catch, seventh best in the nation among players with at least 50
receptions. Scott was a first-team freshman All-American last year when he had 965
receiving yards and a team best 76 receptions. Both had over 100 receiving yards in
the win over Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Mac Lain is the only player on the team who already has an undergraduate degree.
The native of Hope Mills, N.C. is a veteran of 39 games at Clemson and had his best
game against Oklahoma.
Lawson started just one game last year, but had 44 tackles in 295 plays. He added
11 tackles for loss and is the first Clemson player since Anthony Simmons (1995-96)
to have at least 10 tackles for loss as a freshman and sophomore.
Clemson led the way with five selections to the first team, while Florida State and
Virginia Tech had four apiece.
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