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Jadeveon Clowney: All-American Beast

SOUTH CAROLINA’S SENSATIONAL SOPHOMORE IN LINE FOR SOME SERIOUS HARDWARE While it’s still too early to call him the “next LT,” University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney continues to prove that the lofty praise he’s received isn’t hyperbole. The “Beast” – as he’s known on campus – is…

SOUTH CAROLINA’S SENSATIONAL SOPHOMORE IN LINE FOR SOME SERIOUS HARDWARE

While it’s still too early to call him the “next LT,” University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney continues to prove that the lofty praise he’s received isn’t hyperbole.

The “Beast” – as he’s known on campus – is feasting on opposing offenses, and is likely to enter the 2013 season as the top NFL prospect in the entire country.

Clowney – the former No. 1 national high school recruit and 2011 SEC Freshman of the Year – has had a whale of a sophomore season for head coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks.  He currently leads the NCAA in tackles for loss (21.5) – and is tied for the NCAA lead with 13 sacks. Of course Clowney’s numbers only tell part of his story.  He is quite simply the most disruptive force in college football – living in his opponents’ backfield and forcing opposing quarterbacks into making throws like this one …

The 6-foot-6, 256-pound Rock Hill, S.C. native is a finalist for the Bednarik, Lombardi and Nagurski awards, and could easily become USC’s first unanimous first-team All-American selection.

In addition to his NFL buzz, expect there to be considerable Heisman Trophy consideratioin for Clowney heading into the 2013 season – particularly after his 4.5-sack performance against arch-rival Clemson on national television.  With a renewed focus on the game-changing exploits of defensive stars (Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh and LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu were Heisman finalists in recent years – and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o is likely to be a finalist this year), 2013 could be Clowney’s year.

And while it’s hard to imagine him being any more dominant than he’s been this year … remember that Clowney is only 19 years old.

Believe it or not, he’s still learning …

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24 comments

Judy Chop November 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm

19 years old. A mere man child.

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Sammy November 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm

I love Clowney so much! Will forever be grateful for his contributions to USC…

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Roscoe November 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

No doubt he is the best in the nation at his position. I watched teams hold him all last year. This year he just out does them. A few can stop him by double teaming him and he still keeps coming. What a man! Thanks Jadeveon. You will always be the greatest at your position in my mind.

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MajorC November 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm

The breakfast of Champions is not cereal, it’s the opposition.

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BigT November 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Glad to see FITS jumping on the Bandwagon…

Remember when FITS made fun of SC fans becase we anticipated a Great run at USC for Clowney…

That idiot Rich Taylor insinuated JD was over-rated…and USC fans were stupid to be excited…

Also: Wonder if FITS will again take cheapshot digs at Spurrier, or manufacture some Scandal fed to him by Tater Troopers duping FITS w/ lies…???

In other words: how long before FITS reports that someone took the SAT for Spurrier atJCHS and his Heisman and National Champioship will be revoked, w/ forfeiture of the now-annual Clemson @$$-kickins…

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just askin November 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm

And in other Jadeveon Clowney news, Taj Boyd was overheard saying “….we might have beat ourselves but I’m just sayin Clowney beat my ass bro…”

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Honors College Dude November 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm

No one will EVER mistake him for a college student……

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Original Good Ole Boy November 26, 2012 at 12:02 am

But they will recognize him in a millionaire by the fall of 2014.

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Original Good Ole Boy November 26, 2012 at 12:03 am

“as a millionaire” that is.

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scsince60 November 26, 2012 at 10:17 am

Oh, and Sammy Watkins looks like a Wofford SAE?

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Todd November 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

CNSYD is on suicide watch again.

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scsince60 November 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Can’t pick up latest Clemson football news in his submarine.

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Thomas November 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm

To make comparisons, we use word associations. Please draw a line from Column A to Column B that makes the best comparison:

JD Clowney Will Folks

Drunken Lush Barack Obama

Ely Manning William Jefferson Clinton

Johnny Unitas Hillary Clinton

Sikhs Offender Jakie Knotts

Pig in a Pantsuit Ron Morris

First Black President Connor Shaw

Second Black President Dylan Thompson

Panty Waist Too Tall Jones

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The Colonel November 26, 2012 at 6:34 am

Thomas,
I’m stuck.
“Drunken Lush” could apply to “Slick Willie” Clinton, “Not So Slick Willie” Folks, Jakie “Bu Bye” Knotts or Ron “MoRon” Morris equally well.

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Mike Traynor November 26, 2012 at 12:54 am

Clowney is the Michael Jordan of the NFL. In 10 years, he will be recognized as the best ever.

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Sammy November 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Totally agree

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Crooner November 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Kudos to JD for putting in the hard work necessary to earn these accolades. How easy it would have been to buy into the hype and slide along on sheer athletic ability.

He’d be a first rounder if he was draft eligible this year.

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Jim Sweet November 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Kids a punk boy that run his mouth to much.

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Saluda Rapids November 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Yes, you are definitely a Clemson fan.

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scsince60 November 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Just saw that the cheapest Stub-Hub ticket to the SEC Championship game is going for 300.00, with most going for much, much, more. (5000.00 for choice lower level). ACC Championship tics are 4.00 and up on Stub-Hub. Enjoy.

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Roscoe November 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Sweey you are no judge of talent and are very prejudice and I do not mean along racial lines. This young man also is not a beast as I know they say it because of his talent. He is a person with God given talent that works on his talent. All who do not like him simply do so because they resent his ability or pull for other teams. Go Jadeveon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Saluda Rapids November 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm

You are correct Roscoe, but even money says he is prejudice along racial lines as well.

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Roscoe November 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Saluda;

You can not tell by a persons words in a lot of cases. I say things that people call me a racist for but the pattern that goes along with my thinking does not include all blacks and other peoples nationalities. I judge things along the same lines I believe and race doesn’t enter the picture unless it fits their thinking and actions.

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Brian November 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm

He will make millions but it will be gone when thugs like Swearinger and Hampton steal from him once their failed NFL bids end. I hope he finds someone that truly cares for him because the roaches will come out of the woodwork to take advantage of him.

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