CBSSports’ Bruce Feldman publishes one of my favorite annual articles listing the 20 biggest freaks in college football. And six from the SEC fall on this year’s list, headlined, of course, by ‘The Freak’ himself – Jadeveon Clowney.
Here’s the rundown of the SEC players included:
1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
6. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
8. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Miss State
11. Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
13. Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
20. Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn
The information on just how big of a freak Clowney really is certainly worth the read alone. Here’s an excerpt, via CBSSports:
The Tendo is an electronic power and speed analyzer (a speedometer of sorts) invented in Slovakia and has been around for about a decade in the U.S. strength and conditioning community.
“It measures velocity and power in meters per second,” explained Joe Connolly, the Gamecocks head football strength and conditioning coach. “It’ll give you a power number, and it’s expressed in watts. It takes into account body weight and different things. (Clowney) is in the 8000s and we’re talking repetitive numbers in the 8500-range, and there isn’t anybody on the team within 2000 of that.
“Clowney has a 8655w peak power reading. The closest number that a teammate has is a 6800w peak power reading. This differential is pretty vast. One major difference is JD can produce this kind of power repeatedly. Nobody else can do that.”
The article went on to explain it would not be surprising at all if Clowney registered a nasty 40-inch vertical while weighing in at 290 pounds in next year’s NFL Combine.
The term ‘freak’ is being redefined by Jadeveon Clowney.
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