Clowney named AT&T Player of the Year

GoGamecocks staff reportsJanuary 8, 2013 

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7)

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was named the AT&T All America Player of the Year.

The honor, as voted on by fans, was announced during Monday night's BCS title game between Alabama and Notre Dame.

Clowney completed his remarkable sophomore season with 54 tackles, 23.5 for loss, and 13 sacks. He is expected to be a candidate for the 2013 Heisman Trophy.

His fourth-quarter demolition hit and fumble recovery against Michigan running back Vincent Smith turned around the Outback Bowl and became an instant Internet legend.

Clowney was a unanimous first-team All-American, the second in South Carolina history, joining 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. He also finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting and was the Ted Hendricks Award winner as the nation’s top defensive end.

Previous winners of the AT&T All-America Player of the Year include Cedric Benson (2005), Vince Young (2006), Brady Quinn (2007), Michael Crabtree (2008), Graham Harrell (2009), Colt McCoy (2010) and Robert Griffin III (2011).

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