Monday, December 2, 2013
Clemson, SC—Clemson juniors Sammy Watkins and Vic Beasley were named first-team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association on Monday. It is the second first-team selection for Watkins and the first selection for Beasley, who is in his first year as a starting defensive end.
Watkins received more first place votes than any other player with 63 out of the 65 cast. The ACC head coaches will release their All-ACC team next week.
This is the first year the ACC has selected three all-league teams. The decision was made when the league went to an all-time high 14 teams for football.
Overall, 12 Clemson players were named to various All-ACC teams. Quarterback Tajh Boyd was named second-team All-ACC along with offensive tackle Brandon Thomas and cornerback Bashaud Breeland.
Clemson had five players on the third team, including starting linebackers Spencer Shuey and Stephone Anthony, running back Rod McDowell, offensive guard Tyler Shatley and kicker Chandler Catanzaro.
Wide Receiver Martavis Bryant and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett were honorable mention selections.
Watkins ranks 11th in the nation and leads the ACC in receiving yards with 1237 so far this season. He also has 10 touchdown receptions on his 85 receptions. He needs just four receptions in Clemson’s bowl game to break Aaron Kelley’s record for a season in terms of total catches.
Watkins was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2011 as a freshman. The native of Fort Myers, FL is a finalist for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the outstanding receiver in college football.
Beasley has 12 sacks so far this year to go with 19 tackles for loss and four caused fumbles. Beasley’s 12 sacks rank fourth in the nation and tied for first in the ACC. His 19 tackles for loss rank seventh best in the nation. He is a semifinalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given to the top defensive end in the nation.
This is the third consecutive year Boyd has made first or second-team All-ACC. He is the first quarterback in school history to be named All-ACC three times. So far this year Boyd has completed 252-373 passes for 3473 yards and 29 touchdowns.