Headlines across the country are already blaring the news: University of South Carolina superstar Jadeveon Clowney caught a 54-yard touchdown pass during the Gamecocks’ spring football game (in plain clothes, no less).
It’s the latest addition to his growing legend …
The reality, however, is that the 6-foot-6, 272-pound defensive lineman tripped and fell (awkwardly we might add) trying to make a cut at the 12-yard line.
Take a look …
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Wait, gravity affects Jadeveon Clowney, too? Because based on the unanimous All-America season he put together in 2012 (and the bang with which he began 2013), we weren’t sure laws of physics applied to him.
Clowney – who was suffering from neck and back pain (along with a concussion) – wasn’t expected to play in USC’s spring game. But he came off the bench (literally) and caught a bomb from freshman quarterback Connor Mitch after sneaking behind the defensive secondary on a favorite trick play of USC head coach Steve Spurrier.
A junior, Clowney finished last season with 54 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and three forced fumbles. A Heisman Trophy contender, he is likely to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft given his superhuman combination of size, agility, strength and 4.5-second speed in the forty-yard dash.
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