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Clemson's Deshaun Watson, 10 Tigers lead preseason All-ACC team

The Associated Press

Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4)
Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4)

Atlantic Coast Conference preseason player of the year Deshaun Watson leads 10 Clemson players on the preseason all-league team.

The ACC announced the team Wednesday following a vote of 191 media members at last week's league media days.

Watson — a 2015 Heisman Trophy finalist who became the first player in Bowl Subdivision history to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 more in one season — was one of seven offensive players from the Tigers on the team.

Florida State had five players on the preseason team, led by running back Dalvin Cook. Louisville and North Carolina had three selections apiece, led by Tar Heels running back Elijah Hood. Cook set school records with 1,691 yards rushing and 1,935 all-purpose yards.

The 2016 preseason all-Atlantic Coast Conference team


WR-Artavis Scott, jr., Clemson

WR-Isaiah Ford, jr., Virginia Tech

WR-Travis Rudolph, jr. Florida State

TE-Jordan Leggett, sr., Clemson

OT-Roderick Johnson, jr., Florida State

OT-Mitch Hyatt, soph., Clemson

OG-Dorian Johnson, sr., Pitt

OG-Tyrone Crowder, jr., Clemson

C-Jay Guillermo, sr., Clemson

QB-Deshaun Watson, jr., Clemson

RB-Dalvin Cook, jr., Florida State

RB-Elijah Hood, jr., North Carolina


DE-DeMarcus Walker, sr., Florida State

DE-Ejuan Price, sr., Pitt

DT-Carlos Watkins, sr., Clemson

DT-DeAngelo Brown, sr., Louisville

LB-Ben Boulware, sr., Clemson

LB-Keith Kelsey, sr., Louisville

LB-Devonte Fields, sr., Louisville

CB-Cordrea Tankersley, sr., Clemson

CB-Des Lawrence, sr., North Carolina

S-Derwin James, soph., Florida State

S-Quin Blanding, jr., Virginia


K-Greg Huegel, soph., Clemson

P-Justin Vogel, sr., Miami

Spec.-Ryan Switzer, sr., North Carolina