Tiger 'D' lands three on Phil Steele preseason All-ACC 1st team

Clemson spring football game - Wayne Gallman

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Clemson spring football game - Wayne Gallman

Already a few award watch lists in, preseason magazine season is in full swing too with the release of Phil Steele’s preseason All-ACC team.

The Tigers have three first-team representatives – all on the defensive side, in seniors Vic Beasley, Grady Jarrett and Stephone Anthony.

Florida State leads the way with 11 first-team selections – six on offense, three on defense and two on special teams. The Seminoles had a selection on one of Steele’s four teams in 19 of the 26 possible spots. Duke is second only to the 'Noles in first and second team selections (9, three on special teams).

The Tigers didn’t have a second-team selection – defensive end Corey Crawford and safety Jayron Kearse third-teamers – running back Wayne Gallman, wide receiver Charone Peake, linebacker Tony Steward and punt returner Adam Humphries on the fourth team.

Of note, three of the four projected four d-linemen had a spot, while no offensive linemen appeared on the list.

Cole Stoudt missed the quarterback cut – led by FSU’s Jameis Winston and followed by UNC’s Marquise Williams, Duke’s Anthony Boone and Louisville’s Will Gardner. For more on the ACC’s QBs, check out our breakdown here.

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lhaselden writes:

I expect Blanks and Alexander and possibly Smith will be on the post season all ACC teams... Possibly Stoudt and Leggett as well.... I sure hope some OL make the post season teams... Battle, Norton, Guerlemo(?sp) ??? I hope ...

TigerNE writes:

It is always interesting to see the opinions of some who watch football closely for a living. But it's hard to take any early ratings or predictions too seriously when it includes players that have yet to touch a blade of grass in an D1 game. Like Gallman.

I like reading them. But tossing a coin might be just as effective for some of the choices. And even some of the choices made for those with experience to analyze, say the QBs, might be a little premature, too. Especially the choice of Marquise Williams. He's hardly tossed 200 balls in official play and his record isn't stellar. I have little doubt by the time the season is half over Stoudt will look better than Williams for one.

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

Three guys off the defense is OK but, we probably have some more that will make it at the end of the year. We have too many 4 star new guys coming in to put them on anything before the season but, wait until December and the entire country will know how good we really are going to be. I have been around for a long time following Clemson football, and a graduate and have been going to the games since the '57 Orange Bowl. I say this is our best team since the '81 team and we all remember how they did. Barring injuries or having a lot of highly overrate players coming in, this should be Clemson's year to have a special season.

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