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South Carolina Football: Jadeveon Clowney and A.J. Cann Earn All-American Honors

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 08:  Nick Jones #10 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates after scoring a touchdown with A.J. Cann #50 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Alex RobertsCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2011

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and center A.J. Cann have made the CBS Freshman All-American team. 

Jadeveon Clowney is the big-ticket name.  The SEC Freshman of the Year and second-team All-SEC player was a force to be reckoned with.  He had 5.5 sacks and six forced fumbles.  He played as fast as advertised and chased down running backs, quarterbacks and even a wide receiver or two from behind. 

This five-star player and No. 1 recruit from 2011 turned out to be everything the team could have asked for. 

A.J. Cann was a bit more of a surprise.  He was a four-star player out of Bamberg, South Carolina.  He was highly recruited but redshirted to put on some weight and strength. 

When he took over as the team's starting center, he never looked back.  He was solid in both run blocking and pass protection. 

He should be a solid anchor of the offensive line for years to come and is a definite NFL prospect.

South Carolina has had great luck with its recruits lately.  This is the third time in a row the Gamecocks boasted of a freshman All-American (Marcus Lattimore in 2010, who was also SEC freshman of the year, and both Stephon Gilmore and Alshon Jeffery in 2009) on their roster. 

Next year, look for Brandon Shell or Shaq Roland to do the same. 

It's great to be a Gamecock!

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