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Will Clapp named freshman All-American

No surprise here.

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LSU freshman guard William Clapp was named to the Sporting News Freshman All-America team -- no big surprise, as he was remarkably consistent this season on LSU's interior. Although you'd like to see him clean up the penalties, the redshirt frosh from Brother Martin added some edge and nastiness to LSU inside, and should be fun to watch for the next few seasons.

This joins the frosh all-conference honors for Clapp. Again, kind of surprising Kevin Toliver and Maea Teuhema didn't get spots here, although Toliver was recognized by Pro Football Focus as the top true freshman corner.

From the LSU release:

BATON ROUGE - LSU's William Clapp earned national recognition on Wednesday as the offensive guard earned a spot on the Sporting News Freshman All-America Team, the publication announced.

Clapp, a redshirt freshman from New Orleans, played a key role in LSU leading the Southeastern Conference in rushing with an average of 245.9 yards per game.

Clapp, who is the son of former LSU defensive standout Tommy Clapp, helped pave the way for the nation's leading rusher Leonard Fournette, who set the school record with 1,741 yards during the regular season. Fournette currently ranks No. 1 in the nation with 158.3 rushing yards per game heading into the Texas Bowl against Texas Tech.

Clapp opened the season at left guard against Mississippi State and then shifted to right guard the following week against Auburn, which is where he played the final 10 games of the season. In 11 games, Clapp played 725 offensive snaps and ranked third among offensive linemen with 81.5 knockdowns.

Last week, Clapp was one of three Tigers named to the Freshman All-SEC team as selected by the league's coaches joining running back Derrius Guice and defensive end Arden Key.

2015 Sporting News Freshman All-America Team


QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

RB Mike Warren, Iowa State

RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State

WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama

WR Antonio Callaway, Florida

WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

OL Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama

OL Will Clapp, LSU

OL Mitch Hyatt, Clemson

OL Orlando Brown, Oklahoma

OL Chance Hall, Tennessee

K Juston Yoon, Notre Dame

KR Michael Walker, Boston College


DE Walter Brady, Missouri

DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech

DT Terry Beckner, Missouri

DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson

LB Cameron Smith, USC

LB Malik Jefferson, Texas

LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas

CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

CB Iman Marshall, USC

S Derwin James, Florida State

S Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh

P Corey Fatony, Missouri

PR Britain Covey, Utah