It may be something that most folks around the college football world already know. But, if a recent tweet by a teammate holds true, University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney should be officially labeled as college football’s most terrifying player.
The tweet that sparked the buzz came from Gamecocks running back Mike Davis last week.
Think Clowney ran a 4.46
— Mike Davis (@Mike28davis) July 15, 2013
It’s important to keep in mind that this was tweeted by a teammate of his and not a coach, scout or other media member. This tweet should be taken with a grain of salt, but not taken lightly. Just because this reported 4o-yard-dash time was unofficial doesn’t mean that the man-child defensive end’s speed should not be underestimated.
Also, this isn’t the first time someone has said that Clowney has wicked speed for his position. This past winter, various media reports surfaced that Clowney ran a 4.5-40 at South Carolina’s winter workouts.
To put all of that speed in perspective, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick ran his 40-yard-dash in 4.33 seconds, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III ran his in 4.41 seconds and the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ Denard Robinson ran his in 4.32 seconds. As you can see, he isn’t that much slower than some of the fastest players in the NFL today.
If all reports of his speed holds true, he has to jump to the top of nearly all 2013 Heisman watch lists. Last season, Clowney only added to his legacy in college football when he followed up a fantastic freshman season with a stellar sophomore season. His success on the field sparked some experts to debate whether or not he should be given the opportunity to declare for the NFL after only his sophomore season, instead of waiting until after his junior season as is required by the NCAA.
His speed now gives offensive coordinators and offensive players alike something more to worry about and lose sleep about at night. Not only will they have to worry about getting around Clowney at the line of scrimmage, but they’ll also have to worry about staying in front of him once they get around him.
Have fun with that, SEC.