Vic Beasley named preseason first-team All-America

Football - Vic Beasley receives a spring award from head coach Dabo Swinney

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Football - Vic Beasley receives a spring award from head coach Dabo Swinney

Vic Beasley was named to Phil Steele's first-team All-America Friday as one of eight ACC players on the list.

" He leads a Clemson defensive line that led the nation in tackles for loss a year ago and returns its entire three-deep," Steele wrote in an ESPN piece. "After playing under 240 pounds for much of 2013, Beasley is expected to be playing at 250 pounds by the time August rolls around and that's not good news for opposing quarterbacks."

Most notable among ACC peers and the list, however, was FSU's Jameis Winston being second-team quarterback to Oregon's Marcus Mariota.

"Many times players that were not All-Americans last season can appear on this list and players that were first-team All-America last season can find themselves behind other great players this season," Steele said. "A great example of this comes at the quarterback spot this year.

"While I am fully aware that Jameis Winston of Florida State won the Heisman Trophy last year, there has only been one repeat Heisman winner in its history and most of those winners see their stats fall the next season. That is why Winston appears on my second team."

Clemson is slated to face 10 first-team picks in all: Georgia RB Todd Gurley, FSU TE Nick O'Leary, South Carolina OG A.J. Cann, FSU OG Tre' Jackson, FSU OT Cameron Erving, Georgia LB Ramik Wilson, FSU K Roberto Aguayo, FSU KR Kermit Whitfield, UNC PR Ryan Switzer, N.C. State LS Scott Thompson.

More on opening opponent tailback Gurley: "With quarterback Aaron Murray now gone, look for the Bulldogs to rely more on the ground game this year as Gurley has a chance to easily top his sensational freshman season of 2012 when he had 1,385 rush yards and 17 touchdowns."

Tigers senior middle linebacker Stephone Anthony was selected to the fourth team. South Carolina running back Mike Davis was named to the second team.

Last season, Steele accurately projected Watkins as a first-team All-America selection. For more on Beasley and the ACC's d-lines, check out this breakdown.

Clemson's 2014 Preseason Honors (per Clemson communications)

TEAM RANKINGS

#21 by Athlon Sports

#17 by Lindy's

UNIT RANKINGS

Defensive Line

#2 Defensive Line by Lindy's

#3 Defensive Line by Athlon

Linebackers

#9 Linebackers by Lindy's

INDIVIDUAL HONORS

Vic Beasley, DE

First-Team All-American by Sporting News

First-Team All-American by Lindy's

First-Team All-American by Athlon Sports

First-Team All-American by Phil Steele

First-Team All-American by CFBMatrix

Ranked as number-one defensive end in nation by Lindy's

Ranked as #9 overall player in nation by NFLDraftScout.com

ACC Defensive Player of the Year by Sporting News

First-Team All-ACC by Sporting News

First-Team All-ACC by Athlon

First-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Stephone Anthony, LB

First-Team All-ACC by Sporting News

First-Team All-ACC by Athlon

First-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Fourth-Team All-American by Phil Steele

12th best inside linebacker in nation by Lindy's

Grady Jarrett, DT

Third-team All-America by CFBMatrix

First-Team All-ACC by Sporting News

First-Team All-ACC by Athlon

First-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Corey Crawford, DE

Third-Team All-ACC by Athlon

Third-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Jayron Kearse, SAF

Third-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Tony Steward, LB

Fourth-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Adam Humphries, PR

Fourth-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Charone Peake, WR

Fourth-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Wayne Gallman, RB

Fourth-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

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