Former Pelion Panther Dalton Freeman prepares to take the field
Clemson, SC --- Clemson center Dalton Freeman from Pelion has been named a second-team Capital One Academic All-America team selected by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America.
He is the first Clemson football player to make one of the two academic All-America teams since 2001 when Kyle Young and Chad Carson were both first-team selections.
Combined with his selection to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team, Freeman is the fourth football player in Clemson history to be named an All-American on the field and in the classroom in the same year.
Freeman was also named one of six finalists for the 2012 Rimington Award, the honor presented each year to the top center in college football. It was the second consecutive year that Freeman was named a finalist. He is the second two-time Rimington Award finalist in Clemson football history. The other was Kyle Young, a finalist in 2000 and 2001.