Jadeveon Clowney's 2013 Season Will Be One for the Ages

Lee Schechter@@leeschechterContributor IIIMarch 20, 2013

Jadeveon Clowney is the best player in college football, hands down.
Jadeveon Clowney is the best player in college football, hands down.Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Jadeveon Clowney is the definition of a defensive monster.  

No player has been more hyped up than Clowney.  

Few players, if any, will carry more hype going into the 2013 season. 

And Clowney will continue to thrive on the hype and throw down a season for the ages.

South Carolina is lucky to have such a stud of a player on the field for them for another season.  If he were eligible for this year's NFL draft he would have been the No. 1 pick.  Though, rules are rules and Clowney will continue to make the case for why he is one of college football's best players in recent years.  

In the 2014 NFL draft, Clowney will more than likely go No. 1 overall.  He is far too good not to.  

But that does not mean he will take 2013 lightly.  Clowney will make sure that 2013 is his best season yet.

It is really hard to imagine Clowney getting better each year, but he continues to improve even though he is already the best player in college football.

Last season, Clowney recorded 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for a loss.  Add in his two forced fumbles.  And do not forget that this kid won the Hendricks Award as the nation's best defensive end, was a first-team All-American and finished sixth in the Heisman standings, all as a sophomore.   

Last year was nothing short of amazing for Clowney, but this year he will put up even better numbers and win more awards despite garnering all of the attention of every offensive line that he faces.  



Sorry opposing offensive linemen, the answer is no.  No, you cannot contain the beast known as Clowney no matter what double or triple blocking scheme you throw at him. Clowney is far too good.  

With South Carolina looking to assert themselves as not only one of the best teams in the SEC, but also in the country, Clowney will be the standout player yet again and live up to the hype.  

The spotlight will be on Clowney, but he will thrive in the spotlight.  

In the Outback Bowl, Clowney destroyed Michigan running back Vincent Smith with one of the biggest hits in recent memory that shot Smith's helmet straight into the air and forced a key fumble in the game.  

Clowney steps up when his team needs him most, which is scary seeing as how he is already the best player on the field at all times. 

So here is the rundown of Clowney's 2013, which will be one for the ages.  

He will record 16-plus sacks this season and force four fumbles.  He will increase his tackles for loss from 23.5 to 27-plus and register one of the greatest seasons for a defensive lineman in college football history.  

Clowney will clean sweep all three major defensive awards that he can win, the Nagurski, Lombardi, and Hendricks trophies.


It is rare that a defensive player makes his mark as a Heisman trophy finalist, but Clowney will come close to achieving college football highest award.  Beloved Michigan defensive back Charles Woodson is the only defensive player to ever claim the award, which he did back in 1997.  


Clowney is that good of a player and can pull it off, but he will fall just short as the award and finish third in the standings.  

There is no better player in college football.  

South Carolina is going to be one of the best teams in the SEC.  The Gamecocks are also a national championship contender.  

The spotlight shines on Jadeveon Clowney and he will bask in its glory in 2013.   

He is a man among boys.  He is an elite caliber NFL player who still has one more year of college football left.  

He is faster, stronger and more talented than every player that he matches up against.  Not only is Clowney all of those things, but better yet, he showcases it on every play.   

Clowney embodies the speed and strength of Reggie White, consistency of Bruce Smith and the explosiveness of Deacon Jones.  These are arguably the three greatest defensive ends in NFL history and Clowney possesses all of their skills at the age of 20 and will continue to get better.  

Yes, Clowney is that good.

Look out football world.  

Sure, Clowney has been around for two years.

But, he has terrorized every team that he plays and will terrorize them even more in 2013.

Clowney's 2013 will be his best yet and go down as one of the best seasons by a defensive lineman in NCAA football history.    


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