Sammy Watkins joins Spiller, Bowers on ESPN's All-ACC BCS Era team

Spiller grabs spots as running back and kick returner, Clemson's 4 picks second to FSU's 6

Orange Bowl - Sammy Watkins catches a 34-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter

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Orange Bowl - Sammy Watkins catches a 34-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter

Clemson is well represented on ESPN's All-ACC BCS Era team, which was posted today on the network's website.

Compiled by Heather Dinich and Andrea Adelson, the 25-position team is made up of the top ACC players from the BCS's run as college football's national championship vehicle.

Three Clemson standouts claimed four spots on the team, with C.J. Spiller being the lone player honored at two positions. He was named as one of the team's two running backs, along with 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams of Boston College, and was also the lone kick returner named to the squad.

Also named to the team were wide receiver Sammy Watkins and defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers.

Clemson's four spots on the team ranked second to Florida State, which had six. Wake Forest place three on the team, while Maryland, Boston College, North Carolina and Virginia Tech had two each. Georgia Tech, Virginia, N.C. State, Miami and Pittsburgh each had one player honored.

The remainder of the offensive team is comprised of quarterback Chris Weinke of Florida State, wide receivers Peter Warrick of FSU and Calvin Johnson of Georgia Tech, offensive linemen Rodney Hudson and Alex Barron of FSU, Jake Grove of Virginia Tech, and D'Brickashaw Ferguson of Virginia, and tight end Vernon Davis of Maryland.

Joining Bowers on the defensive team were linemen Julius Peppers of UNC, Mario Williams of N.C. State and Aaron Donald of Pittsburgh, linebackers Luke Kuechly of Boston College, E.J. Henderson of Maryland and Aaron Curry of Wake Forest, and defensive backs Alphonso Smith of Wake Forest, Jimmy Williams of Virginia Tech, Lamarcus Joyner of FSU and Antrel Rolle of Miami.

Joining Spiller as specialists were placekicker Sebastian Janikowski of FSU and punter Ryan Plackemeier of Wake Forest.

Here is what Dinich and Adelson had to say about Clemson's representatives on the team:

RB: C.J. Spiller, Clemson: Spiller accounted for an ACC-record 191.4 yards per game and scored a touchdown in every game. Over his four-year career, he racked up more than 3,000 yards rushing, 2,000 yards in kickoff returns, 1,000 yards receiving and 500 yards in punt returns.

WR: Sammy Watkins, Clemson: In just three years, Watkins set 23 school records, including receptions and reception yards for a game, season and career. Watkins finished his career with 240 receptions for 3,391 yards and 27 touchdowns. He finished his career with 5,129 all-purpose yards, second in Clemson history to Spiller’s 7,588.

DL: Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson: Bowers finished a 0.5 sack short of the Clemson record in 2010 (Keith Adams, 16), ranking No. 6 on the ACC single-season list. He won the Nagurski Trophy as the top defensive player in the nation that season, along with the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year award, ACC Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous All-America honors.

RS: Spiller: One of the best return men of all time, Spiller set an ACC single-season record with four kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2009. He led the league in all-purpose yards in 2008 and 2009 and holds the ACC career mark in the category.

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Comments » 3

harryD writes:

I can't take it anymore! Is Beasley staying or not

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

Three pretty good players. Wish they were all going to be on the team next year.

13tiger5 writes:

Hard to leave Torry Holt and Phillip Rivers off that list. And the Boulwares from FSU. Dre' Bly also comes to mind.

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