Sports Illustrated Mid-Season All-American Teams Announced

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 ———— 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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