The Clemson Tigers feature one of the best defensive lines in the country, but Sports Illustrated voted Clemson linebacker Dorian O’Daniel to its All-America Team for the 2017 college football season.
With another top-rated defense this year, Clemson had several worthy candidates, but SI argued O’Daniel stood out as the best player on the unit. Here’s the magazine’s argument for why the senior linebacker made the All-America Team instead of his teammates:
On the Tigers’ deep, unrelenting defense, O’Daniel played more snaps than anyone but second-team selection Clelin Ferrell, pacing the team with 95 total tackles and 2 pick-6s.
O’Daniel is also third on the team with 10.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks.
As his bio indicates, Ferrell made the second-team All-America defense at SI. Those were the only two players included on the list from the Tigers.
The only other ACC selection on the first team was N.C. State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. He was 1 of 2 unanimous selections for the team – the other being Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.