College Sports

Russell Athletic Bowl features two freshman All-Americans

The Russell Athletic Bowl will feature two of the nation’s top freshmen.

ESPN’s true freshman All-America team named both Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine and Clemson receiver Artavis Scott Monday.

ESPN on Scott: If offense was a concern this season for Clemson, there should be some optimism for the future. While freshman QB Deshaun Watson mixed stellar results with injury concerns, Scott finished fifth in the conference in receiving yards (851) and fourth in touchdowns (seven), highlighted by his seven-catch, 185-yard, two-TD performance in a win over South Carolina.

ESPN on Perine: A handful to bring down for any defender, Perine had three different games with 200 rushing yards or more, including an FBS-record 427 yards against Kansas. He finished the season with 1,579 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.

Clemson freshman Artavis Scott enters the bowl game with 68 receptions for 851 yards and a team best seven touchdowns. He leads all ACC freshmen in all three categories. In fact his reception total is third best in ACC history among freshmen and his yardage total is fourth best.

He needs just three receiving yards against Oklahoma to move into third place ahead of former NC State player Koren Robinson.

One of the players ahead of Scott in both areas is former Clemson player Sammy Watkins who had 82 catches for 1219 yards and 11 scores as a freshman in 2011.