Jones, Clowney named first-team All-Americans by Associated Press

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Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney were named first-team Associated Press All-Americans on Tuesday.

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South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney set team records this season for sacks in a season (13), sacks in a game (4.5) and tackles for loss (21.5).  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney set team records this season for sacks in a season (13), sacks in a game (4.5) and tackles for loss (21.5).

Jones, a 6-foot-3, 241-pound junior, made the first team for the second consecutive season. He has 77 tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, 12.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 11 games this season. He leads the NCAA in forced fumbles per game and tackles for loss.

Clowney, a 6-6, 256-pound sophomore , set new South Carolina standards for sacks in a season (13), tackles for loss in a season (21.5) and sacks in a single game (4.5 vs. Clemson).

Clowney is the fourth Gamecock to earn first-team All-America honors in the past four seasons, following Eric Norwood (2009), Alshon Jeffery (2010) and Melvin Ingram (2011).

Alabama placed four players on the team, including center Barrett Jones, who became a two-time first-team selection.

No other team had more than two players selected to the first team. The Tide also led with six players chosen to all three teams.

Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Stanford and Florida were second with four players on the three teams, though linebacker Manti Te’o was the only Fighting Irish player to make the first team.

Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was the first-team quarterback.

Nine Southeastern Conference players made the first team, more than any other conference. The Pac-12 was second with six players on the first team.

The team was voted on by a panel of 16 AP college football poll voters.

Barrett Jones, who made the team as a tackle last season, was joined on the first team by Alabama teammates guard Chance Warmack, linebacker C.J. Mosley and cornerback Dee Milliner.

The punter was Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Allen, who won his second consecutive Ray Guy Award last week.

Clemson tackle Dalton Freeman made the second team while teammate DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver, was named to the third team.

TEXAS TECH: Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury have emerged as the two front-runners for Texas Tech’s vacant coaching job, sources told ESPN.com.

Texas Tech plans to interview both Morris and Kingsbury this week and might settle on a replacement for Tommy Tuberville by the end of the weekend, according to sources.

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt confirmed to reporters that he flew to South Carolina on Tuesday to interview Morris, according to a report from The Post and Courier, of Charleston, S.C.

Morris, 44, has spent the past two seasons at Clemson and oversaw an offense that gained 518.3 yards per game this season, best in the ACC and the ninth in the FBS.

WISCONSIN: Athletic director Barry Alvarez will earn $118,500 for returning to the sidelines to coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl and a win against Stanford will mean a $50,000 bonus.

The executive committee of the university Board of Regents on Tuesday agreed to the terms following the surprise departure last week of head coach Bret Bielema to take the same job at Arkansas.

• Defensive coordinator Chris Ash will follow Bielema to Arkansas.

SOUTHERN MISS: Introduced Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken as its new coach Tuesday, confident that the 46-year-old can return the Golden Eagles to their winning ways.

He’ll have a tough job at his new school, which suffered through a disastrous 0-12 season.


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