Clemson leads returning ACC offensive linemen
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Clemson leads returning ACC offensive linemen

Tyrone Crowder skips NFL to return for senior year alongside Mitch Hyde

Photo: NC State's Tony Adams

It’s not hard to identify the top returning offensive linemen in the ACC. There were 10 underclassmen “big uglies” – to use the catch-phrase legendary retired ABC announcer Keith Jackson popularized – who earned 2016 All-ACC honors.

The most prominent of them was Florida State’s Rodrick Johnson, but he declared early for the NFL Draft. He was a repeat first-team All-ACC pick who added All-American honors as a 6-foot-7, 311-pound junior last fall

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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