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Norwood, Spiller land on Walter Camp list

South Carolina senior linebacker No. 40 Eric Norwood slaps hands with fans after the game as USC defeats Clemson 34-17 at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.
South Carolina senior linebacker No. 40 Eric Norwood slaps hands with fans after the game as USC defeats Clemson 34-17 at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.

USC and Clemson have first-team All-Americans.

USC senior linebacker Eric Norwood and Clemson running back C.J. Spiller were named first-team All-Americans by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Friday.

Norwood, a 6-1, 252-pounder from Acworth, Ga., becomes the 18th player in USC history and the first since Ko Simpson in 2005 to earn first-team All-America accolades. He is the first Gamecock to make the Walter Camp team since Del Wilkes in 1984.

Spiller was named a first-team kick returner and second-team running back. He is the first player in the history of the Walter Camp All-America team to be named a first- or second-team All-American at two positions in the same year.

The Walter Camp All-America team is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. It is the oldest of the All-America teams and is named after the former legendary college coach.

Norwood is a three-time first-team All-SEC selection according to the league's coaches and has been named first-team All-SEC by The Associated Press in each of the past two years after earning second team honors as a sophomore. Norwood is USC's all-time leader in both sacks (29.0) and tackles for loss (54.5) and is the SEC active leader in both categories.

Spiller is now three-for-three as far as making first team All-America teams this year. Earlier he was named first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and CBS Sportsline. The Football Writers team will be announced today and the Associated Press team and Sporting News teams will be announced next week.

Spiller was named the ACC Player of the Year last week, the first Tiger to receive that honor since Michael Dean Perry in 1987. He ranks fourth in the nation in all-purpose yards with 194 yards per game. He is the only player in the nation to score at least one touchdown in every game this year and has 20 overall, a Clemson single-season record.

Spiller had 233 yards rushing in 20 attempts and scored a career high four touchdowns in the ACC Championship game against Georgia Tech. He has 50 career touchdowns and needs just one to become Clemson's career leader.

This year he has accounted for a touchdown five different ways, 11 rushing, four receiving, four on kickoff returns, one on a punt return and one on a pass. He has already established an NCAA record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a career with seven. He has 7,416 all-purpose yards for his career, third best in NCAA history.

Spiller has 21 career touchdowns of 50 yards or more, including nine this year.

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