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Norwood, Spiller named All-Americans by AP

Clemson running back C.J. Spiller
Clemson running back C.J. Spiller The State

USC linebacker Eric Norwood and Clemson running back/kick returner C.J. Spiller have been named first-team All-Americans by The Associated Press.

Norwood is the first Gamecock to make the AP first team since Del Wilkes and James Seawright in 1984.

Norwood became the 18th player in USC history and the first since Ko Simpson in 2005 to earn first-team All-America honors when he was selected to the first-team squad by the Walter Camp Football Foundation last week.

Norwood ranks second on the USC team with 71 tackles, including 49 solo stops, this season. He is third in the SEC in sacks (seven) and is tied for eighth with 11.5 tackles for loss. He leads the team with two interceptions and with three blocked kicks. He has been credited with 11 quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

Norwood said making the team was one of the goals he had in mind when he decided to return for his senior season.

"It's crazy. It's definitely a great feeling," Norwood said. "I'll celebrate it a little bit, but not too much. Just come back out here tomorrow and get ready to work."

Spiller, who was selected as an all-purpose player on the AP team, completed a sweep of four first-team honors Tuesday. He also was named to the Sporting News, and teams.

Spiller is the third unanimous All-American in Clemson history. He joins safety Terry Kinard (1982) and defensive end Gaines Adams (2006).

"It's a great honor," Spiller said. "But I couldn't have done it without my teammates. Coach Swinney is always challenging us and pushing us, and it's a great honor to make that team.

Spiller is the first Clemson player to make the AP first team since 2006, when Adams was chosen, and is the first offensive player since Stacy Seegars in 1991.

Spiller accounted for a touchdown five ways this season: 11 rushing, four receiving, four on kickoff returns, one on a punt return and one passing.

He has established the NCAA record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a career with seven. He has 7,416 career all-purpose yards, third-best in NCAA history. This season he has 2,508 all-purpose yards, an ACC record.