Vic Beasley has been piling up the award nominations this off-season, and now he has one more honor to add to his collection. Sports Illustrated released it’s preseason All-America team and Beasley landed on their first-team defense.
Beasley is the only Clemson Tiger to make the cut, which is slightly disappointing, though not particularly surprising. His teammates Grady Jarrett and Stephone Anthony have made a few of the same award watch lists as Beasley this summer, but they land on SI’s first or second team.
SI noted that Beasley recorded 13 sacks a year ago, which is more than anyone else still playing college football this year.
The ACC placed quite a few players on each list, although the vast majority of the league’s representatives were from the Florida State Seminoles. In fact, the ‘Noles are the only ACC team to place more than one player on either team. Here are all the ACC players selected:
First Team Offense:
1) Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State
2) Nick O’Leary – TE – Florida State
3) Tre’ Jackson – G – Florida State
First Team Defense:
1) Vic Beasley – DE – Clemson
2) Jalen Ramsey – S – Florida State
3) Kendall Fuller – S – Virginia Tech
First Team Special Teams:
1) Roberto Aguayo – K – Florida State
2) Ryan Switzer – R – North Carolina
Second Team Offense:
1) DeVante Parker – WR – Louisville
2) Cameron Erving – T – Florida State
3) Laken Tomlinson – G – Duke
4) Shaquille Mason – G – Georgia Tech
Second Team Defense:
1) Denzel Perryman – LB – Miami
2) Anthony Harris – S – Virginia
Of course, these lists are mostly useless. As with anything based on expectations, rather than what actually happens on the field, the it should be viewed with skepticism. The end of season award lists are much more meaningful and I would not be surprised to see another name or two from Clemson on those lists.
Feel free to weigh in with a comment if you think someone from Clemson got slighted, or if you think someone will have a surprise All-America-caliber season.