Both were named All-Americans by the Associated Press. Freeman, a four-year starter at center for Clemson, was named a second-team All-American. Hopkins was named a third-team All-American.
They join a raft of similar honors. Freeman was named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and was named second-team by Fox Sports, Lindy’s, and the Walter Camp Foundation.
Hopkins was named a second-team All-American by CBS Sports, Fox Sports, Lindy’s and Phil Steele.
Hopkins finished the regular season with 69 receptions for 1214 yards and 16 touchdowns. His 16 touchdowns rank second in the nation and are just one short of the ACC single season record of 17 set by Duke’s Clarkston Hines in 1989. He has caught touchdown passes in nine consecutive games, tying a record set by Virginia’s Herman Moore in 1990.
Hopkins has already set the Clemson season touchdown record and he needs just six receiving yards in Dec. 31’s Chick-fil-A Bowl to break Sammy Watkins single-season receiving yardage record of 1,219, set last season.
Freeman was a finalist for the Rimington Award – given to the nation’s top center – for the second consecutive season. He is Clemson’s all-time snaps leader and with a start against LSU, he’ll tie former right tackle Landon Walker for most starts in program history, with 49.
In addition, Freeman, Hopkins, junior quarterback Tajh Boyd and senior tight end Brandon Ford were named honorable-mention All-Americans by SI.com.