Jadeveon Clowney may be the best player in the SEC, but he wouldn't win a hypothetical 2013 SEC Player of the Year Award.
Why? Well, he's a defensive player, and if the SEC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards were combined, the defensive player would take a backseat to the offensive player just about every time. Look to the past, friends. Before the award split into offense and defense, one defensive player won the award out of the previous 14 years. That man was David Pollack in 2002.
So let's combine these awards for the sake of a compelling debate. If the awards were combined, what type of shot would Clowney have to win this award? His athleticism and remarkable abilities to get in the backfield and disrupt plays will see him pile up impressive stats in 2013. But will they be impressive enough to unseat Johnny Manziel as the reigning player of the year?
Here are the top candidates for the 2013 SEC Player of the Year.