Clemson Football announced today that Will Shipley, Andrew Mukuba, Tyler Davis, Jeremiah Trotter and Barrett Carter have been named to the preseason All-ACC team.
Shipley has been named to the team three times: as a running back, an all-purpose player and a special teams player. The other four represent all three layers of the defense.
The Tigers’ five players/seven placements leads the Atlantic Coast Conference. Next was Florida State with four players. Duke, North Carolina and Miami had three each. The Tar Heels’ Drake Maye was the preseason Player of the Year.
The preseason All-ACC team is voted on by the members of the press who attended last week’s ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, North Carolina. Yesterday, it was announced the press selected Clemson as the favorite to win the ACC.
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Three Clemson players finished in the Top 5 for Player of the Year voting. Shipley was third behind Maye and Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis. Trotter finished fourth, and Davis was tied for fifth with Duke quarterback Riley Leonard. Clemson opens the season with Duke on Labor Day Night.
Shipley was recently named to the preseason watchlist for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the best all-around player in the nation. Davis has been included on two watchlists so far: the Bronko Nagurski and the Outland Trophy. Trotter and Carter were also named to the Nagurski watchlist. Ruke Orhorhoro joined Davis on the Outland watchlist.
While the bulk of the Clemson players on the preseason All-ACC team represent the defense, which should be stout this season, the fact the Shipley was named three separate times communicates how important he is to the overall performance of the team. As a junior, he will also be a key leader for the offense as the team breaks in new offensive coordinator Garrett Riley’s offense.