Clemson has 5 players on Pro Football Focus’ preseason All-America team, which was released on Monday.

Perhaps somewhat of a surprise — the Tigers only have 1 player from its vaunted defense to make the 1st team. That was former 5-star defensive tackle Bryan Bresee. He has battled injuries in his career, but has 9.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in somewhat limited playing time entering this season.

Clemson linebacker Trent Simpson and safety Andrew Mukuba were named to the 2nd team. This is a nice honor for Mukuba, who was left off the preseason All-ACC team last week.

Simpson had 65 tackles last season, which is the most amongst Clemson’s returning players. He also posted 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Mukuba is expected to be the leader of Clemson’s secondary this season after having a very impressive true freshman season last year.

Offensively, tackle Jordan McFadden was the only Clemson player to make the cut. McFadden is a 3-year starter who was named second-team All-ACC after last season.

Clemson’s 5th member of the team is kicker BT Potter, who made PFF’s 3rd team. This will be Potter’s 4th season as Clemson’s primary kicker. He 53-of-71 field goal attempts in his career.

Clemson opens the 2022 season with Georgia Tech on Sept. 5.