AFCA tabs Clowney, Boyd, Freeman as All-Americans

South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and center Dalton Freeman headline the 2012 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team, announced Wednesday by the American Football Coaches Association.

Clowney leads the nation in tackles for loss with 21.5 this season, and is tied for first with 13 sacks. He is a finalist for the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.

Boyd is first in the nation in points responsible for (21.8 per game), fourth in the nation in passing efficiency (168.5), fourth in touchdown passes (34) and ninth in total offense with 336.8 yards per contest.  He has completed 251-377 for 3550 yards and 34 touchdowns. He has also rushed for nine touchdowns giving the native of Hampton, VA 43 total touchdowns this year, five more than the ACC record he established last year in two more games.

Freeman has started all 12 games at center this year and has a streak of 48 in a row entering Clemson’s bowl game.  When he makes his 49th start he will tie the Clemson career record held by his former teammate Landon Walker, who started 49 games at tackle from 2008-11.

Boyd and Freeman are the first to make a first-team All-America team at their position in Clemson history. This is just the third time since the AFCA began selecting an All-America team in 1945 that the quarterback and center were from the same team.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best – the coaches themselves.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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