Sports Illustrated Mid-Season All-American Teams Announced

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By Rob Brennan

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- The editors and writers at SI.com have announced its 2011 midseason All-American team. Four Clemson Tigers and one South Carolina Gamecock represented the first and second team.

Headlining the bunch are Carolina senior defensive end, Melvin Ingram, and Clemson freshman wide receiver, Sammy Watkins.

In Carolina's 6-1 start, Ingram so far has 5.5 sacks, 31 total tackles, two interceptions, and a fumble recovery. Watkins has been taking the nation by storm with his performance thus far in 2011. Watkins already has 46 receptions, 728 yards, and nine total touchdowns. He also has 11 receptions of 20-plus yards.

Second team selections include three Clemson Tigers. Junior tight end Dwayne Allen, senior defensive end Andre Branch, and Watkins, who was selected to the second team as a kick returner.

Allen is averaging just over 14 yards per catch this season with 381 yards and four touchdown receptions. Branch continues to have a dominating year on the defensive line with eight sacks, 12 tackles for loss, and 46 total tackles. Watkins, who is coming off a big game returning kicks against Maryland, had an 89-yard kick-off return for a TD and finished the game with a Clemson record 345 all-purpose yards.

The Gamecocks (6-1, 14th BCS) are off this weekend. Clemson (7-0, 7th in BCS) host North Carolina Saturday at noon. The game can be seen on ESPN.

1st Team:

Offense

QB – Robert Griffin – Jr., Baylor

RB – Trent Richardson – Jr., Alabama

RB – LaMichael James – Jr., Oregon

WR – Ryan Broyles – Sr., Oklahoma

WR – Sammy Watkins – Fr., Clemson

TE – Coby Fleener – Sr., Stanford

T – Nate Potter – Sr., Boise State

G – David DeCastro – Sr., Stanford

C – David Molk – Sr., Michigan

G – Kevin Zeitler – Sr., Wisconsin

T – Barrett Jones – Jr., Alabama

Defense

DE – Whitney Mercilus – Jr., Illinois

DT – Devon Still – Sr., Penn State

DT – Jerel Worthy – Jr., Michigan State

DE – Melvin Ingram – Sr., South Carolina

LB – Luke Kuechly – Jr., Boston College

LB - Courtney Upshaw – Sr., Alabama

LB – Arthur Brown – Jr., Kansas State

CB – Tyrann Mathieu – So., LSU

S – Casey Hayward – Sr., Vanderbilt

S – Tony Jefferson – So., Oklahoma

CB – Jayron Hosley – Jr., Virginia Tech

Special Teams

K – Caleb Sturgis – Jr., Florida

P – Brad Wing – Fr., LSU

PR – Joe Adams – Sr., Arkansas

KR – Fozzy Whittaker – Sr., Texas

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2nd Team:

Offense

QB – Andrew Luck – Jr., Stanford

RB – Ray Graham – Jr., Pittsburgh

RB – Lamar Miller – So., Miami

WR – Jordan White – Sr., Western Michigan

WR – Keenan Allen – So., Cal

TE – Dwayne Allen – Jr., Clemson

T – Matt Kalil – Jr., Southern Cal

G – Will Blackwell – Sr., LSU

C – William Vlachos, -- Sr., Alabama

G –Omoregie Uzzi, Jr., -- Georgia Tech

T – Levy Adock, Sr., -- Oklahoma State

Defense

DE – Frank Alexander, Sr., -- Oklahoma

DT – Billy Winn, Sr., -- Boise State

DT – Brett Roy, Sr., -- Nevada

DE – Andre Branch, Sr., -- Clemson

LB – Sean Spence, Sr., -- Miami

LB - Manti Te'o, Jr., -- Notre Dame

LB – Sammy Brown, Sr., -- Houston

CB – Morris Claiborne, Jr., -- LSU

S – Mark Barron, Sr., -- Alabama

S – Markelle Martin, Sr., -- Oklahoma State

CB – Bud Noel, Fr., -- Wake Forest

Special Teams

K – Randy Bullock, Sr., -- Texas A&M

P – Steven Clark, So., -- Auburn

PR –Jared Abbrederis, So., -- Wisconsin

KR – Sammy Watkins, Fr., -- Clemson

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