Published December 19, 2012 - 9:00am
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Uber-talented and college freak show Jadeveon Clowney made it known to the public his intentions about his final season in college football in 2013. The future first pick of 2014 NFL Draft wants to be sitting in New York next December as a Heisman finalist.
“I believe a defensive player can win the Heisman next year.
“That’s my next thing, New York,” Clowney said Monday night after the Gamecock’s practice. “Next season, I am going to come out and try to work harder than I did this season and try to get there.
“It’s a possibility,” he said. “I just keep playing my game, and I probably have a shot at winning next year.”
Clowney has the most talent and upside of anyone in college football, and his game is developing each and every week. You could see that this season. It just wasn’t based on potential in ’12; it was based on work ethic and technique combining with his rare talent and size.
ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper noted that Clowney would be the first pick in this year’s draft if he were eligible. His rare combination of brute force, speed, quickness and maturity are the total package for any NFL team.
And seeing the noise that Manti Te’o made with respect to the Heisman, there’s no reason Clowney shouldn’t be in The Big Apple come next December vying for a shot to hoist the Stiff Arm Trophy.
Clowney was tied for the country’s lead in sacks with 13 and second in the country to Jarvis Jones with 21.5 tackles for loss. He battled a foot injury all season, and he thought surgery might be required after 2012 was over.
Clowney has racked up some hardware this postseason and has been nominated for much more, but he could rack up all the hardware next season, as he will shoot to be the first true defensive player to win the Heisman.
Can he do it? I’ll let you tell him he can’t.
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