The 2013 college football season is shaping up to be forever known as the year of Jadeveon Clowney.
First Mel Kiper says he’d go No. 1 in 2013 if he was eligible. Then Clowney manages to take out a $5 million insurance plan, knowing he’s on a crash-course for the top overall pick in 2013. Now, his defensive coordinator is telling the media that he was taking too many plays off last year — and still notching 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss.
Everything’s coming up Clowney. South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward knows that the Gamecocks have an unstoppable force of nature on their hands.
“I’m just going to say it: If he doesn’t want to be blocked, then he’s not going to be blocked,” Ward told ESPN.com. “I still tell him that I don’t think he plays hard on every down. If he’ll dedicate himself to learning the game and learning how to play the game full speed all the time, he could be the greatest to ever play this game.”
Just imagine a season when he doesn’t take plays off. You’re potentially sending another J.J. Watt or Von Miller into the NFL, which is a terrifying thing to hear if you’re a quarterback — or really any offensive player within a five-yard radius.
Further along in that ESPN piece, Clowney lets it be known that he’s chasing down the Heisman. I trust him to chase down any quarterback in college football, but this trophy has just proven to elusive for defensive players. Only Charles Woodson has brought it home by playing primarily defense, but he also played a major role in the return game.
But if there was ever an athletic freak of nature to do it, it’s Clowney.