Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been named National Freshman of the Year by Rivals.com. Additionally, Watkins was named a first-team All-American on the site’s overall team, and a first-team freshman All-American. Watkins was the only freshman nationally to be named first-team All-American by Rivals.
Two defensive ends from the Palmetto State have been named to the 2011 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team. South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram made the first team defense. Clemson defensive end Andre Branch made the second team defense.
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris won't only be sticking around as the Tigers offensive coordinator next season, but will now become the highest paid assistant in the country. Morris' new deal is worth up to $1.3 million.
Five Clemson players were named first-team All-ACC, including four on the offensive side of the ball according to the all-conference team released by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday. Clemson had five first-team players, more than any other school, and nine selections over the two teams, also more than any other school.
Penn State escaped Colonial Life Arena with a 55-50 victory in women’s basketball action Sunday afternoon. The Gamecocks led much of the game, including an eight-point margin in the final six minutes, before the Lady Lions’ frontcourt wore them down. Nine of junior Ashley Bruner’s career-high 18 rebounds came on the offensive end, and junior Ieasia Walker added 15 points and five steals to the Gamecocks’ solid team effort.
Dabo Swinney spoke to his players about NBA star Michael Jordan and how he lived up to expectations in packed stadiums whether it was the season opener or a meaningless late-season game. Swinney wants the Tigers (9-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to carry the same mentality into North Carolina State (5-5, 2-4) on Saturday.
With the annual state championship rivalry less than two weeks away, both Carolina and Clemson football are in the top 12 in the new BCS standings. Clemson moves up two spots to #7 after clinching the ACC Atlantic Division title with a win over Wake Forest. USC moves up one spot to #12 after beating Florida in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.