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Clemson Football Preseason Honors & Awards

July 19, 2000

National Rankings 12 – FANSonly 13 – Athlon 14 – Preview Sports 15 – Blue Ribbon: Phil Steele 16 – Lindy’s 18 – Street and Smith 23 – The Sporting News

National Recruiting 27 – The Sporting News 28 – Athlon 33 – Phil Steele

Linebackers 5th Best Unit in Nation by Phil Steele

Defensive Backs 10th Best in Nation by Lindy’s 15th Best in Nation by Phil Steele

Quarterbacks 16th Best Unit in Nation by Phil Steele

43 Keith Adams, LB National Defensive Player-of-the-Year by Blue Ribbon Nation’s #1 Candidate for Bronko Nagurski Award by Street and Smith Nation’s #1 Candidate for Dick Butkus Award by Lindy’s Nation’s Best Outside Linebacker by Lindy’s Nation’s Best Outside Linebacker by The Sporting News Nation’s #2 Candidate for Chick Bednarik Award b y Street and Smith Nation’s #2 Candidate for Dick Butkus Award by Street and Smith Nation’s #2 Candidate for Lombardi Award by Lindy’s Nation’s #4 Candidate for Dick Butkus Award byeThe Sporting News Nation’s #5 Candidate for Bronko Nagurski Award by Lindy’s 1st Team All-American by Athlon 1st Team All-American by Blue Ribbon 1st Team All-American by College Football News 1st Team All-American by Football News 1st Team All-American by Lindy’s 1st Team All-American by Preview Sports 1st Team All-American by Street and Smith 1st Team All-American by The Sporting News 4th Team All-American by Phil Steele ACC Defensive Player-of-the-Year by Lindy’s ACC Defensive Player-of-the-Year by Street and Smith ACC Defensive Player-of-the-Year by The Sporting News 1st Team All-ACC by Athlon 1st Team All-ACC by Lindy’s 1st Team All-ACC by Phil Steele 1st Team All-ACC by Preview Sports 1st Team All-ACC by Street and Smith Nation’s #48 Player with Brightest NFL Future by Lindy’s Clemson’s MVP by Lindy’s Clemson’s Best Defensive Players (with Jolly) by The Sporting News

23 Alex Ardley, Cornerback 2nd Team All-ACC by Lindy’s 2nd Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

93 Terry Bryant, Defensive End 3rd Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

9 Robert Carswell, Free Safety Best “Ball Hawk” in Nation by Street and Smith Nation’s Best Free Safety by The Sporting News Nation’s 2nd Best Safety by Lindy’s Nation’s #3 Candidate for Jim Thorpe Award by Lindy’s Nation’s #5 Candidate for Jim Thorpe Award by The Sporting News Nation’s #12 Candidate for Jim Thorpe Award by Street and Smith 1st Team All-American by Athlon 1st Team All-American by Blue Ribbon 1st Team All-American by Football News 1st Team All-American by Playboy 1st Team All-American by Phil Steele 1st Team All-American by Preview Sports 1st Team All-American by The Sporting News 2nd Team All-American by College Football News 2nd Team All-American by Lindy’s Honorable Mention All-American by Street and Smith (12th best Defensive Back) ACC’s 3rd Most Talented Player by Lindy’s 1st Team All-ACC by Athlon 1st Team All-ACC by Lindy’s 1st Team All-ACC by Phil Steele 1st Team All-ACC by Preview Sports 1st Team All-ACC by Street and Smith 1st Team All-ACC by The Sporting News Nation’s #20 Player with Brightest NFL Future

13 Pat Cyrgalis, Tight End 3rd Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

1 Woodrow Dantzler, Quarterback Nation’s 22nd Best Quarterback by Lindy’s 2nd Team All-ACC by The Sporting News

23 Rod Gardner, Wide Receiver Most “Thrilling” Receiver in Nation by Street and Smith Nation’s #3 Candidate for Fred Biletnikoff Award by The Sporting News Nation’s #5 Candidate for Fred Biletnikoff Award by Street and Smith Honorable Mention All-American by College Football News Honorable Mention All-American by Street and Smith (7th best Wide Receiver) Nation’s 13th Best Wide Receiver by The Sporting News Nation’s 28th Best Wide Receiver by Lindy’s ACC’s 8th Most Talented Player by Lindy’s 1st Team All-ACC by Athlon 1st Team All-ACC by Lindy’s 1st Team All-ACC by Preview Sports 1st Team All-ACC by Street and Smith 1st Team All-ACC by The Sporting News 1st Team All-ACC by Phil Steele’ Clemson’s Emerging Star by Lindy’s Clemson’s Best Offensive Player (with Zachery) by The Sporting News

27 Kevin Johnson, Cornerback Clemson’s Top Newcomer by Lindy’s

92 Terry Jolly, Defensive Tackle Honorable Mention All-American by College Football News Nation’s 11th Best Defensive Tackle by The Sporting News Nation’s 13th Best Defensive Tackle by Lindy’s 1st Team All-ACC by Athlon 1st Team All-ACC by Lindy’s 1st Team All-ACC by Phil Steele 1st Team All-ACC by Preview Sports 1st Team All-ACC by Street and Smith 1st Team All-ACC by The Sporting News Clemson’s Best Defensive Player (with Adams) by the Sporting News 1st Team All-ACC by Street and Smith 1st Team All-ACC by The Sporting News Clemson’s Best Defensive Player (with Adams) by the Sporting News

39 Tony Lazzara, Place Kicker 2nd Team All-ACC by Lindy’s

3 Brian Mance, Cornerback 3rd Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

61 Akil Smith, Offensive Tackle 2nd Team All-ACC by Lindy’s

73 T. J. Watkins, Offensive Guard Clemson’s Unsung Hero by Lindy’s

59 Kyle Young, Center Honorable Mention All-American by Street and Smith (11th Best Offensive Line) 1st Team All-ACC by Preview Sports 2nd Team All-ACC by Lindy’s 2nd Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

8 Travis Zachery, Tailback 1st Team All-ACC by Athlon 1st Team All-ACC by Preview Sports 3rd Team All-ACC by Phil Steele Clemson’s Best Offensive Player (with Gardner) by The Sporting News

71 Derrick Brantley, Offensive Tackle Rated 18th Best Junior College Transfer in Nation by Phil Steele Rated 30th Best Recruit in ACC by The Sporting News

33 Ronny Delusme, Deffensive Back Rated 19th Best Incoming Freshman in ACC by Athlon

21 Derrick Hamilton, Wide Receiver Rated 29th Best Freshman Wide Receiver in Nation by Phil Steele Rated 12th Best Recruit in ACC by The Sporting News

5 Keith Kelly, Running Back Rated 24th Best Freshman Running Back in Nation by Phil Steele Rated 72nd Best Incoming Freshman in Nation by Athlon Rated among Nation’s Top 100 Incoming Freshman by Lindy’s Rated 9th Best Incoming Freshman in ACC by Athlon Rated 25th Best Recruit in ACC by The Sporting News

88 Todd McClinton, Tight End Rated 9th Best Freshman Tight End in Nation by Phil Steele Rated 13th Best Recruit in ACC by The Sporting News Rated 16th Best Incoming Freshman in ACC by Athlon

72 Donnell Washington, Defensive Lineman Rated 39th Best Freshman Defensive Lineman in Nation by Phil Steele

Tommy Bowden, Head Coach Best Coach in ACC by The Sporting News

Miscellaneous Top of “Teams to Watch” List by Lindy’s Rated 20th Most Improved Team for 2000 by Phil Steele Predicted to play Virginia Tech in Gator Bowl by Lindy’s Predicted to play Virginia Tech in Gator Bowl by Phil Steele Predicted to Finish 8-3 by Preview Sports Rated 75th Toughest Schedule in Nation by Phil Steele

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