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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – First-team All-America accolades continue to roll in for University of South Carolina senior defensive end Melvin Ingram. Sporting News magazine has announced its All-American teams, as well as its All-Freshman squad. Ingram was a first-team All-American, while first-year players Jadeveon Clowney and Mike Matulis were named to the All-Freshman unit.
Sporting News is one of only five All-American groups the NCAA uses to determine its consensus All-Americans. Ingram was previously named to the AFCA, Walter Camp and Associated Press first-team squads, making him a consensus 2011 All-American. He is the first Gamecock to be considered a consensus All-American since Del Wilkes in 1984 and just the third overall, joining Wilkes and George Rogers (1980).
Ingram, a 6-2, 276-pounder from Hamlet, N.C., led the Gamecocks with 13.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also intercepted two passes, was credited with six quarterback hurries and scored three touchdowns, including a 68-yard scamper on a fake punt in the Gamecocks' win at Georgia.
Clowney, a 6-6, 254-pound defensive end from Rock Hill, S.C., was credited with 32 tackles on the season. He was ninth in the SEC with 6.0 sacks, the only freshman in the top 20, and was tied for 14th in the league with 10.0 tackles for loss. He also tied for third in the SEC and tied for eighth in the country with five forced fumbles. He was a second-team All-SEC selection and the SEC Freshman of the Year, according to the league's coaches.
Matulis, a 6-5, 274-pound offensive tackle from Boynton Beach, Fla. was considered a redshirt candidate when the season began, but came on strong as the season progressed. He made his first start at left tackle against Auburn, then started the final three games of the season at right tackle.
SPORTING NEWS ALL-AMERICA TEAM
QB Robert Griffin III, Jr., Baylor
RB Trent Richardson, Jr., Alabama
RB Montee Ball, Jr., Wisconsin
OL David DeCastro, Jr., Stanford
OL Barrett Jones, Jr., Alabama
OL Nate Potter, Sr., Boise State
OL Will Blackwell, Sr., LSU
OL David Molk, Sr., Michigan
WR Robert Woods, Soph., Southern California WR Justin Blackmon, Jr., Oklahoma State TE Coby Fleener, Sr., Stanford
DL Whitney Mercilus, Jr., Illinois
DL Jerel Worthy, Jr., Michigan State
DL Devon Still, Sr., Penn State
DL Melvin Ingram, Sr., South Carolina
LB Courtney Upshaw, Sr., Alabama
LB Luke Kuechly, Jr., Boston College
LB Chase Thomas, Jr., Stanford
CB Tyrann Mathieu, Soph., LSU
CB Morris Claiborne, Jr., LSU
S T.J. McDonald, Jr., Southern California S Mark Barron, Sr., Alabama