Nov. 11, 1999
WINTER PARK, Fla. — Kyle Young and Chad Carson, two mainstays of the Clemson football team, have been named to the GTE Academic All-District team. The team is made up of players from Division I-A or Division I-AA teams from the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
Clemson and Duke were the only ACC schools with two selections on the all-district III team. Carson, a linebacker from Newnan, GA, and Young, a center from Clemson, SC, will now be candidates for the Academic All-America team, which will be voted on and announced in December. This is the first time Clemson has ever had two players on the All-District III team who were sophomores in terms of eligibility.
Carson is a biological sciences major with a 3.9 GPA. He is a sophomore in football eligibility, but a junior in the classroom. On the field, he has 103 tackles this year, an average of 11.4 per game. He ranks second on the Clemson team and fourth in the ACC. He is a big reason Clemson ranks seventh in the nation in pass defense and 22nd in the nation in scoring defense.
Young is a secondary education major and has a 3.96 career GPA. Like Carson, he is a junior academically and a sophomore athletically. Young is the starting center and highest graded offensive lineman on the Clemson team. He has started every game this year and has averaged 70 snaps per game. He also leads the team in knock down blocks with 55. His consistent play is one reason the Tigers have averaged 398 yards per game, third highest average in Clemson history.
Other ACC players on the All-District III team are Spencer Romine of Duke (quarterback), Sims Lenhardt of Duke (kicker), Chris Hope of Florida State, and Dan Dyke of Georgia Tech (punter).
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