Clemson’s NFL prospects step closer to championship goals
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clelin Ferrell fidgets in his seat, knowing how close — and how far away — to achieving what he returned to Clemson to capture: The national championship.
2018 AP All-America Team List
The 2018 AP All-America team:
Quarterback — Kyler Murray, junior, Oklahoma
Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, junior, Memphis
Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson
Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Bunchy Stallings, senior, Kentucky
Center — Garrett Bradbury, senior, North Carolina State
Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M
No. 2 Clemson dominates AP All-ACC team again with 11 Tigers
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — No. 2 Clemson once again dominated the Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams and individual awards released Tuesday.
The four-time defending league champions placed 11 players on the two teams as selected by a panel of 14 sports writers who cover the conference.
Five Tigers made the first team, and four were unanimous picks. Offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt was a unanimous pick for the second straight year.
AP All-America Watch: Star matchups for championship weekend
The Associated Press has been honoring college football's best with an All-America team since 1925. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The final All-America watch of the season features All-America matchups from each of this weekend's Power Five conference championship games.
Clemson RB Etienne leads ACC’s all-conference team
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — No. 2 Clemson placed five players on the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-league team.
Running back Travis Etienne received a league-best 174 points in results announced Monday and determined by a vote of 46 media members and the league's 14 head coaches.
Players received three points for a first-team vote, two for a second-team vote and one for a third-team selection.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Boston College running back AJ Dillon is the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason player of the year.
In voting results released Tuesday, Dillon received 45 of 148 votes from media members at last week's media days to edge Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, who had 42.
Dillon rushed for 1,589 yards last season, the second-most by any freshman in ACC history. He was joined by Florida State's Cam Akers in the backfield of the preseason all-conference team.
CLEMSON -- Clemson held its annual football awards banquet at the Poe Indoor Football Facility on Jan. 13.
The offensive most valuable players, known as the Tiger Pride Awards were presented to quarterback Kelly Bryant and offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt. On defense, Clelin Ferrell, Ryan Carter and Dorian O’Daniel were honored with Tiger Pride Awards.
The PAW award that is given for outstanding play, academic excellence, community service went to junior tight end Milan Richard.
Clemson wide receiver Deon Cain declaring for NFL draft
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver Deon Cain is joining the growing list of Tigers' underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft.
The school announced Cain's decision Wednesday. He joins receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, safety Van Smith and offensive lineman Taylor Hearn as Tigers giving up their remaining eligibility to turn pro.
Clemson WR McCloud leaving early for NFL draft
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver Ray-Ray McCloud will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft, becoming the first of several Tiger underclassmen who could go pro.
McCloud announced his decision Sunday on the football team's Twitter account . The 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior from Tampa, Florida, has been a returner and defensive back in his three seasons at Clemson.
Clemson, Lamar Jackson dominate AP All-ACC team
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Top-ranked Clemson once again dominated the Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams released Tuesday.
The league-champion Tigers placed six players on the first team, led by offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt — one of eight unanimous selections from the panel of 14 sports writers who cover the conference.
Boston College running back AJ Dillon was a unanimous selection to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team, which was released on Monday following a vote of 14 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Dillon, a freshman who played at Lawrence Academy, has rushed for 1,432 yards and 13 touchdowns for BC (7-5).
Lamar Jackson, 5 Clemson players lead all-ACC team
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and five players from top-ranked Clemson headline the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team.
The ACC released its all-conference teams Monday following a vote of 14 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Jackson, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, was selected as the all-conference quarterback for the second straight year after averaging an FBS-best 411 total yards.
CLEMSON — When the Clemson Tigers take to the field Saturday, it will be with what is widely regarded as one of the best offensive lines in college football.
With four returning starters, including preseason All-ACC selection Tyrone Crowder and Mitch Hyatt, the only vacancy comes at center. Redshirt junior Justin Falcinelli is looking to use his brains, and his brawn, to prove the center is the smartest guy on the team.
Clemson title game hero Hunter Renfrow seeking bigger role
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — It seems impossible for any Clemson fan to overlook 5-foot-11 Hunter Renfrow after his game-winning catch clinched the Tigers first national title in 35 years.
But there was Renfrow at a Brazilian steakhouse on Hilton Head this summer alongside bigger teammates — defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence and offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt — all projected as high NFL draft picks the next two seasons.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville and five players from reigning national champion Clemson headline the preseason all-Atlantic Coast Conference team.
The ACC on Wednesday announced the team following a vote of 167 media members who attended last week's media days in Charlotte.
The Tigers were represented by three offensive players — receiver Deon Cain and linemen Mitch Hyatt and Tyrone Crowder — plus defensive linemen Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins.
Clemson leads all ACC schools with five players selected to All-conference preseason football team
CLEMSON — The ACC announced its All-conference preseason football team on Wednesday, and while so much has been made of who Clemson is losing this season, the Tigers still led all schools with five selections.
Wide receiver Deon Cain, offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, offensive guard Tyrone Crowder, and defensive tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence all got the nod. The team was voted on by 167 media members at ACC Kickoff last week.
Dabo Swinney wanting to focus on Clemson players still with program, not superstars who departed
CHARLOTTE — Dabo Swinney took his seat at his designated press table for his final media obligation of an eight-hour day and unleashed a toothy grin.
“How many (interviews) are we (doing)?! ” he joked, as dozens of reporters flocked to his table. “Didn’t we just do this?!”
The group laughed. Swinney was right — between a slew of radio and television interviews, in addition to a press conference already, nearly every angle had been covered in regards to the defending national championship coach.
An emotional day at Clemson, thousands of fans gather for national championship parade celebration
CLEMSON — Rose Gorby sat in her black wheelchair, sporting a bright orange Clemson pullover to keep her warm and a bright white poster-board sign to share her news.
“I’m the Mom and Grandma of 1981 and 2016 national champions,” the poster read.
“How many people dream about this? This to me is amazing.”
Rose is 76 years old, the mother of 1981 defensive tackle Dan Benish and the grandmother of current sophomore offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt.
Williston’s Taylor Hearn fits right in with Clemson’s physical offensive line
CLEMSON — If you ask co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliot, there's no question who the unsung heroes of Clemson's national championship game runs are. The headlines are generally written about the very talented quarterback, the running back or the receivers who present matchup problems for many defenses.
Sapakoff: College Football Playoff heat is on Clemson’s blockers
CLEMSON – It was perhaps the most frustrating pair of Clemson plays this season.
No gain for running back Wayne Gallman on 3-and-1 against Pittsburgh.
Immediately followed by no gain – and no holes again – for Gallman on 4-and-1 in the final minute as the Tigers tried to seal what turned out to be a 43-42 loss on Nov. 12.
“A wake-up call,” sophomore tackle Mitch Hyatt said Monday.
CLEMSON — Redshirt freshman defensive end Clelin Ferrell let loose a hearty laugh, once asked how often Clemson coach Dabo Swinney tells his team “prosperity is a terrible teacher.”
“I mean, I wish you guys could sit in the meetings so you could hear him say that every day,” Ferrell said, perhaps unaware Swinney says it quite a bit in press conferences as well.
2016 All-ACC teams
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The all-Atlantic Coast Conference football team, as announced Monday following a vote of 48 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, with first-team votes worth three points, second-team votes worth two points and third-team votes worth one point.
Silver Bluff product and current Clemson defensive back Cordrea Tankersley was one of eight Tigers to be named first-team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association on Monday.
Eighteen Clemson players were honored on one of the three teams or the honorable mention team. The nine first team selections are the most for the program since 1991 when Clemson also had nine. The record is 10 set by the 1978 team that finished with an 11-1 record and a No. 6 final ranking in both polls.
On the Beat: Nine Clemson players make all-ACC, but not some stars
CLEMSON — A conference-high nine Clemson players were awarded first-team all-ACC accolades from voting media Monday, and yet some of the more accomplished Tigers settled for second- or third-team honors.
For the first time in school history, three offensive linemen represent Clemson on the top squad. Center Jay Guillermo and right guard Tyrone Crowder each topped the voting at their respective positions, and left tackle Mitch Hyatt is also a first-teamer.
Hit the Links: The week of coverage leading up to Clemson-Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A bit belated on this Saturday morning, but nonetheless no shortage of coverage getting you primed for No. 4 Clemson’s ACC Atlantic Division-clinching opportunity tonight at BB&T Field:
Game advance | A chance for redemption greets No. 4 Clemson in Wake Forest
Pigskin picks | What CFP puzzle? Clemson (almost) locked into Fiesta Bowl
Inside the Game | No. 4 Clemson at Wake Forest
Thursday notes | Mitch Hyatt (ankle) can play for Clemson
CLEMSON — Sophomore left tackle Mitch Hyatt is expected to return to the Clemson starting lineup Saturday at Wake Forest, while four of his teammates were ruled out after Thursday’s practice.
Hyatt had his heel stepped on during the first quarter of last Saturday’s 43-42 loss to Pittsburgh, and only logged two snaps. He is listed as “can play” on the Tigers’ official injury report.
CLEMSON — There’s a chance Clemson will be rolling with two true freshmen at offensive tackle for at least this weekend at Wake Forest.
Clemson-Boston College Preview Capsule
No. 3 Clemson (3-0, 2-0 ACC) at Boston College (3-2, 0-2), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Line: Clemson by 17.
Series record: Clemson leads 14-9-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Tigers need to recover quickly from a draining victory at home against Louisville and focus on a Boston College team that plays legitimately good defense. Beating Clemson would be the highlight of coach Steve Addazio's tenure at BC and end a 10-game conference losing streak.