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AP Names Keith Adams Second-Team All-American

Dec. 13, 1999

CLEMSON, S.C.-Clemson linebacker Keith Adams has been named a second-team AP All-American. The news service announced its first, second and third teams on Monday.

Adams, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, set five Clemson records in this his sophomore season.

Adams, a native of College Park, GA is just the fourth sophomore in Clemson history to be chosen to any All-America team. Anthony Simmons was chosen first-team All-American as a sophomore by the Sporting News in 1996. William Perry (3rd team AP in 1982), and Nelson Welch (3rd team AP in 1992) are the only other sophomores to make any All-America team in school history.

Adams had the numbers worthy of All-America honors. He set Clemson single season records for tackles for loss (33) and sacks (16) and needs just three tackles to break Simmons record for tackles in a season. Adams has 176 in 11 games, two short of the total Simmons had in a 12-game 1996 season.

He also set three single game Clemson records this year. He accumulated a record 27 tackles in Clemson’s season ending victory over South Carolina. He also set the school record for sacks in a game with four against Duke and for tackles for loss with six against North Carolina. Five times he was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week, more than any other league player regardless of position.