CLEMSON — Sammy Watkins has been named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. Watkins is the first player in Clemson history to be named a first-team All-American by at least one service in three different years.
Watkins was named a first-team All-American as a freshman all-purpose player by the Associated Press in 2011. He was the fourth true freshman in college football history to be named a first-team AP All-American.
In 2012, Watkins was named a first-team All-American by College and Pro Football Weekly. He had been named a second-team All-American by Associated Press, the Walter Camp Foundation and many others this year, but the announcement by the AFCA on Wednesday was his first first-team selection.
This year, Watkins has 85 receptions for 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has seven 100-yard receiving games this year and 14 for his career. He needs four receptions in the Orange Bowl against Ohio State to establish a Clemson season record for receptions.
For his career, his 224 receptions are fourth in ACC history and his 3,164 receiving yards rank fifth.
Clemson freshman defensive end Shaq Lawson has been named a second-team freshman All-American by College Football News and a third-team selection by Athlon.
The product of Daniel High had nine tackles for loss and nine quarterback pressures to go with three sacks.
Morris a finalist
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is one of five finalists for National Offensive Coordinator of the Year by 247Sports.
Morris is joined on the list by Mike Bobo of Georgia, Rhett Lashlee of Auburn, Tom Herman of Ohio State and Dave Schramm of Fresno State.