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Tee Higgins leaving Clemson early for 2020 NFL Draft

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As expected, the Clemson football program is losing a key offensive piece to the next level.

On Twitter Wednesday, Tee Higgins wrote that “it is with a grateful heart that I announce today my intention to enter the 2020 NFL Draft.” It had long been projected that the wide receiver would forgo his remaining season of eligibility.

“The last three years at Clemson have been unbelievable,” Higgins wrote. “1 national championship and 3 College Football Playoff appearances are accomplishments and experiences that can never be taken away.

“But Clemson is so much more than than.Β  Clemson is different.Β  It’s hard to explain… there really is something in these hills.Β  If I had to boil it down to one word I guess it would have to be ‘FAMILY.’

“Clemson is family.”

In three years as part of the Clemson football team, Higgins totaled 2,448 yards and 27 touchdowns on 135 receptions.Β  The touchdowns are a school record.

This season, he tied a career-high with 59 receptions and set career-highs with 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns.Β  On his only career carry, he ran for a 36-yard touchdown in the title-game loss to LSU this past Monday night.Β  That second-quarter score gave the ACC Tigers a temporary 17-7 lead before the SEC Tigers came roaring back to secure a 42-25 win.

It’s expected that Higgins will be the latest in a growing line of Clemson receivers drafted in the first round. Mike Williams (2017), Sammy Watkins (2014) and DeAndre Hopkins (2013) are all former Tigers who became first-round selections.

Alabama and Ohio State each land six players on AP All-American teams

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The Associated Press released its 2016 All-American teams for the 2016 season, and it should be no surprise the teams are loaded with a healthy sampling of players from Alabama and Ohio State, as well as headlined by the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson was named a First-Team All-American by the AP, as well as fellow Heisman Trophy finalists Jabrill Peppers of Michigan and Dede Westbrook of Oklahoma.

Four players from Alabama were named to the Frist Team, which was more players from a single school than any other program; DL Jonathan Allen, LB Reuben Foster, DB Minkah Fitzpatrick and OT Cam Robinson. Linebacker Tim Williams and tight end O.J. Howard received second-team recognition. Ohio State had three players on the first team; center Pat Elflein, safety Malik Hooker, and H-Back Curtis Samuel.

Houston freshman defensive tackle Ed Oliver is the first freshman to be named First-Team All-American since Sammy Watkins of Clemson and LSU punter Brad Wing received the honor in 2011.

The Associated Press All-American team is the third of the five All-American teams to be released that is used t determine the Consensus All-American team. At this rate, there should be a good number of consensus All-Americans on the list, with just the AFCA and FWAA All-American teams to be released in the coming days.

AP First Team All-Americans By Conference

  1. SEC (8)
  2. Big Ten (7)
  3. Pac-12 (4)
  4. ACC (2)
    Big 12 (2)
  5. American (1)
    MAC (1)

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback β€” Lamar Jackson, sophomore, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, Louisville

Running backs β€” D'Onta Foreman, junior, 6-2, 249, Texas; Dalvin Cook, junior, 5-11, 213, Florida State

Tackles β€” Cam Robinson, junior, 6-6, 310, Alabama; Ryan Ramczyk, junior, 6-6, 314, Wisconsin

Guards β€” Cody O’Connell, junior, 6-8, 354, Washington State; Dan Feeney, senior, 6-4, 305, Indiana.

Center β€” Pat Elflein, senior, 6-3, 300, Ohio State

Tight end β€” Evan Engram, senior, 6-3, 235, Mississippi

Wide receivers β€” Dede Westbrook, senior, 6-0, 176, Oklahoma; Corey Davis, senior, 6-3, 213, Western Michigan

All-purpose player β€” Curtis Samuel, junior, 5-11 197, Ohio State

Kicker β€” Zane Gonzalez, senior, 6-1, 195, Arizona State

DEFENSE

Ends β€” Myles Garrett, junior, 6-5, 270, Texas A&M; Derek Barnett, junior, 6-3, 265, Tennessee

Tackles β€” Jonathan Allen, junior, 6-3, 290, Alabama; Ed Oliver, freshman, 6-2, 290, Houston

Linebackers β€” Reuben Foster, senior, 6-1, 228, Alabama; Zach Cunningham, junior, 6-2, 230, Vanderbilt; Jabrill Peppers, junior, 6-1, 205, Michigan

Cornerbacks β€” Jourdan Lewis, senior, 5-11, 186, Michigan; Adoree’ Jackson, junior, 5-11, 185, Southern California

Safeties β€” Malik Hooker, sophomore, 6-2, 205, Ohio State; Minkah Fitzpatrick, sophomore, 6-1, 200, Alabama

Punter β€” Mitch Wishnowsky, sophomore, 6-2, 220, Utah

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SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback β€” Deshaun Watson, junior, Clemson

Running backs β€” Donnel Pumphrey, senior, San Diego State; Christian McCaffrey, junior, Stanford

Tackles β€” Connor Williams, sophomore, Texas; Orlando Brown, sophomore, Oklahoma

Guards β€” Billy Price, junior, Ohio State; Will Hernandez, junior, UTEP

Center β€” Tyler Orlovsky, senior, West Virginia

Tight end β€” Jake Butt, senior, Michigan

Wide receivers β€” Zay Jones, senior, East Carolina; John Ross, junior, Washington

All-purpose player β€” Quadree Henderson, sophomore, Pitt

Kicker β€” Daniel Carlson, junior, Auburn

DEFENSE

Ends β€” DeMarcus Walker, senior, Florida State; Harold Landry, junior, Boston College

Tackles β€” Carlos Watkins, senior, Clemson; Montravius Adams, senior, Auburn

Linebackers β€” Raekwon McMillan, junior, Ohio State; T.J. Watt, junior, Wisconsin; Tim Williams, senior, Alabama

Cornerbacks β€” Rasul Douglas, senior, West Virginia; Desmond King, senior, Iowa

Safeties β€” Budda Baker, junior, Washington; Jamal Adams, junior, LSU

Punter β€” Cameron Johnston, senior, Ohio State

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THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback β€” Baker Mayfield, junior, Oklahoma

Running backs β€” Saquon Barkley, sophomore, Penn State; Aaron Jones, junior, UTEP

Tackles β€” Mike McGlinchey, senior, Notre Dame; Forrest Lamp, senior, Western Kentucky

Guards β€” Nico Siragusa, senior, San Diego State; Quenton Nelson, junior, Notre Dame

Center β€” Ethan Pocic, senior, LSU

Tight end β€” O.J. Howard, senior, Alabama

Wide receivers β€” Amba Etta-Tawo, senior, Syracuse; Austin Carr, senior, Northwestern

All-purpose player β€” Christian Kirk, sophomore, Texas A&M

Kicker β€” Gary Wunderlich, junior, Mississippi

DEFENSE

Ends β€” Hunter Dimick, senior, Utah; Jordan Willis, senior, Kansas State

Tackles β€” Christian Wilkins, sophomore, Clemson; Solomon Thomas, junior, Stanford

Linebackers β€” Kendell Beckwith, senior, LSU; Jimmie Gilbert, senior, Colorado; Ben Boulware, senior, Clemson

Cornerbacks β€” Teez Tabor, junior, Florida; Cordrea Tankersley, senior, Clemson

Safeties β€” Nathan Gerry, senior, Nebraska; Weston Steelhammer, senior, Air Force

Punter β€” Michael Dickson, sophomore, Texas