Clowney named SEC Freshman of the Year

GoGamecocks staff reportsDecember 7, 2011 

South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney has been named the SEC's the top freshman performer.

The honor, voted on by the SEC coaches, was announced Wednesday.

Clowney was ninth in the SEC with six sacks in 2011, while his 10 tackles for loss ranks him 16th in the conference. In addition, he was credited with six quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and one pass break up.

USC's Marcus Lattimore won SEC Freshman of the Year honors last season.

Other SEC honors from Wednesday:

Coach of the Year: Les Miles, LSU

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Barrett Jones, Alabama

Offensive Player of the Year: Trent Richardson, Alabama

Defensive Player of the Year: Morris Claiborne, LSU Special Teams Player of the Year: Joe Adams, Arkansas

Freshman of the Year: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Jacobs Blocking Trophy: Barrett Jones, Alabama

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