Nov. 23, 1999
MIAMI, Fla. – Clemson linebacker Keith Adams has been named a first-team Football News All-American, the publication announced on Tuesday. Adams came from virtual obscurity to set five Clemson records in this his sophomore season.
Additionally, the publication announced its five finalists for National Defensive Player of the Year. Adams was among those finalists along with Corey Moore of Virginia Tech, Courtney Brown of Penn State, Julian Peterson of Michigan State and Corey Simon of Florida State.
Adams, a native of College Park, GA is just the fourth sophomore in Clemson history to be chosen to any All-America team, just the second first-team selection as a sophomore. 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.
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