Originally posted on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 12/14/11
NEW YORK (AP) -- Three players from the ACC were named first-team All-Americans by The Associated Press on Wednesday, but it was the SEC that dominated the selections. Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen was named to the first team along with teammate Sammy Watkins, who was honored as an all-purpose back on offense. Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly was also named to the first team for the second time. Watkins has already been named the National Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News. Watkins has 77 receptions for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is also fourth in the nation in all-purpose yardage. No. 1 LSU became the first school with two cornerbacks on the first team -- Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne. Mathieu, a Heisman Trophy finalist, and Claiborne were joined on the All-America team by Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor and finalists Montee Ball of Wisconsin and Trent Richardson of Alabama. Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck from Stanford was the second-team quarterback. The team released Wednesday was selected by a panel of 16 AP poll voters. The second-ranked Crimson Tide had the most first-teamers with four. Richardson was joined by tackle Barrett Jones, linebacker Dont'a Hightower and safety Mark Barron. Tide linebackers Courtney Upshaw and corner Dre Kirkpatrick also made the second team, giving Alabama the most players selected overall. The LSU corners were joined on the first team by Tigers punter Brad Wing. LSU guard Will Blackwell was a second-team selection and defensive end Sam Montgomery made the third team. The top-ranked Tigers will play SEC West rival Alabama on Jan. 9 in New Orleans for the BCS title. No. 3 Oklahoma State also had five selections on the three teams, including wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who is one of two players to be selected to the first team for the second straight season. On defense, three Big Ten defensive linemen made the All-America team: 300-pound tackles Devon Still from Penn State and Jerel Worthy from Michigan State, along with Illinois end Mercilus Whitney, who leads the nation with 14 1-2 sacks. South Carolina's Melvin Ingram was the other defensive end. Georgia had two defensive All-Americans in safety Baccari Rambo and linebacker Jarvis Jones. Seven of the 11 All-America defensive players were from the Southeastern Conference, befitting its reputation as the best league in the nation.
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