3 Tigers Earn Preseason All-American Honors

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CLEMSON, S.C. (CU SID) -- Sammy Watkins, Tajh Boyd and Chandler Catanzaro have all been named to preseason All-America teams released so far by various college football publications. Nationally recognized publications by Phil Steele, USA Today, Athlon, Lindy's and Sporting News have released their All-America and all-conference teams.

Watkins was named a first-team All-American wide receiver by Phil Steele, Athlon, Lindy's and USA Today, and was a second-team all-purpose player by Sporting News. Chandler Catanzaro was named a first-team preseason All-American by Sporting News and was a fourth-team selection by Phil Steele. Tajh Boyd was a third-team selection by Athlon.

Watkins and Boyd are returning All-Americans. Watkins was named a first-team selection by many services in 2011 as a freshman, including the Associated Press. He was a first-team selection by College & Pro Football Weekly as a sophomore. Boyd was a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association last year.

Boyd is also listed as the number-four contender for the Heisman Trophy by Athlon and #9 contender by Lindy's. He is the preseason ACC Player of the Year by Lindy's. Boyd won the ACC Player of the Year Award last year and is the first returning ACC player of the year from Clemson since Steve Fuller in 1978. Fuller went on to win his second straight ACC Player of the Year award in 1978, his senior year.

Catanzaro made 18-19 field goals last year, including a 37-yarder to beat LSU 25-24 on the last play of the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. He is a two-time semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award. He has scored 305 career points, third most in Clemson history, but just 25 away from breaking Aaron Hunt's record.

Each of the top three players above are also consensus preseason All-ACC selections. Joining them in that honor is starting offensive tackle Brandon Thomas, who was a first-team All-ACC selection last year.

Eight other Clemson players have been named to various All-ACC teams by the five publications. The list includes Vic Beasley, Spencer Shuey, Travis Blanks, Tyler Shatley, Roderick McDowell, Grady Jarrett, Stephone Anthony and Martavis Bryant.

Clemson Football 2013 Preseason Honors

Tajh Boyd, QB

Third-Team All-American by Athlon
First-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele, Athlon, Lindy's, Sporting News, USA Today
Preseason ACC Player of the Year by Lindy's
#1 Accurate Passer in ACC by Lindy's
#2 NFL Talent in ACC by Lindy's
#2 overall selection for 2014 NFL Draft, NFLDraftScout.com
#4 Best player for NFL Draft by Draftsite.com
#4 Quarterback in Nation by Lindy's
#4 Contender for Heisman Trophy by Athlon
#9 Contender for Heisman Trophy by Lindy's
A Top 10 Contender for Heisman Trophy by Sporting News
Best Passing Quarterback in ACC by Sporting News
Best Quarterback under Pressure in ACC by Sporting News

Sammy Watkins, WR

First-team All-American by Phil Steele
First-Team All-American Athlon
First-Team All-American by Lindy's
First-Team All-American by USA Today
Second-Team All-American All-Purpose Player by Sporting News
First-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele, Athlon, Lindy's, USA Today
Third-Team All-ACC kick returner, Athlon
#1 Deep Threat in ACC by Lindy's
#1 NFL Talent in ACC by Lindy's
#3 Wide Receiver in Nation by Lindy's
#18 Contender for Heisman Trophy by Athlon
Best Athlete in ACC by Sporting News

Chandler Catanzaro, PK

First-Team All-American by Sporting News
Fourth-Team All-American by Phil Steele
#3 Kicker in Nation by Lindy's
First-Team All-ACC by Athlon, Lindy's, Sporting News, USA Today
Second-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Brandon Thomas, OT

First-Team All-ACC by Athlon, Lindy's, Sporting News
#1 Pass Blocker in ACC by Lindy's
#7 Offensive Tackle in Nation by Lindy's
Second-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Vic Beasley, DE

Second-Team All-ACC by Lindy's
Third-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele, Athlon

Rod McDowell, RB

Third-Team All-ACC by Athlon

Grady Jarrett, DT

Third-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Stephone Anthony, LB

Second-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Martavis Bryant, WR

Fourth-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Tyler Shatley, OG

Second-Team All-ACC by Lindy's
Fourth-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Spencer Shuey, LB

Third-Team All-ACC by Athlon
Fourth-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Travis Blanks, SAF

Fourth-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele

Chad Morris, Offensive Coordinator

#1 Hot Offensive Coordinator in Nation, Lindy's

Clemson Coaching Staff

#1 Recruiting Staff in ACC, Lindy's

Clemson Position Rankings

#3 Quarterbacks by Athlon
#6 Wide Receivers by Athlon
#10 Linebackers by Athlon

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