SEC Media Days 2013: Jadeveon Clowney Thinks He Can Get Johnny Manziel

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJuly 16, 2013

South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
South Carolina DE Jadeveon ClowneyStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

It's not often that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney plays second fiddle in a media event, but with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel hitting SEC Media Days on Wednesday, Clowney served as the opening act on Tuesday.

If he had it his way, that wouldn't be the case.

Clowney has been impressed with what he's seen from the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner on tape but thinks that in the open field it'd be no contest.

"Can get him?" Clowney said. "Yes, I can get him. Does Johnny think he can get away? That's the question. No, I'm just playing. How would I approach him? Full speed. He's got to make a move. I'm going straight, and I'm going to make him make a move. I'm going to try to hit him in the mouth. He's tough, but you got to come at him full speed and play straight ahead. That's how you have to approach him."


Would you doubt him? I wouldn't.

Considering Clowney boasts a 4.46 40-yard dash and at 270 pounds, is built like a freight train, it'd certainly be intriguing.

How likely is this matchup?

The Aggies and the Gamecocks don't play in the regular season, but the two potential top-10 teams could meet with an SEC Championship on the line. 

"An SEC Championship is what we work all year for," he said.

For the sake of college football fans, the Internet and massive television ratings, this needs to happen.

Can you imagine: fourth quarter, Gamecocks up two, Aggies with the ball at midfield with two minutes to go and these two out in the open field together?

That would be quite the climax to the 2013 college football season.