Clowney joins Warren Muir and George Rogers as the only Gamecocks to earn first-team All-America honors in two seasons. Clowney finished his Gamecock career with 47.0 tackles for loss, second in Carolina history, and 24.0 sacks, the school's third-best mark. He set the school's single-season records with 13.0 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss while earning unanimous first-team All-America accolades and the Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end during the 2012 season.
Junior standout defensive end who faced double-and triple-teams for much of the season... garnered first-team All-America honors by AFCA and second-team All-America honors by Walter Camp... became just the third player in school history, joining Warren Muir and George Rogers, as a two-time first-team All-American... also collected first-team All-SEC accolades from the A.P., Coaches, ESPN.com and Phil Steele... named a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award.Played in and started 11 games... registered 40 tackles including 11.5 tackles for lost and 3.0 sacks... recorded a pair of tackles for loss and his first sack of the season at Georgia, a 10-yard loss... credited with a sack and a forced fumble in the win over Vanderbilt... missed the Kentucky game with a strained muscle around his ribcage... credited with 2.5 tackles for loss among his five stops at Tennessee... also had a pair of quarterback hurries in that contest..Had a tackle for loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry along with five tackles at Missouri... had 2.0 tackles for loss among his five stops against Florida... did not play against Coastal to rest his nagging foot injury... had a sack and 2.0 tackles for loss against Clemson... second in school history with 47.0 tackles for loss and third with 24.0 career sacks... holds the school record with nine forced fumbles... attended the NFL Combine in February.
Highly-decorated true sophomore... finished sixth in the Heisman balloting... named the Hendricks Award winner as the nation's outstanding defensive end... became the first sophomore to win that award, securing nearly two-thirds of the final vote... also was a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award and Bednarik awards... was a first-team All-American, the coaches' choice as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and a first-team All-SEC selection... became the fourth Gamecock to earn All-America accolades in the last four seasons, joining Eric Norwood, Alshon Jeffery and Melvin Ingram... became the first Gamecock to earn SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors... three-time SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week... set the school single-season record for sacks (13.0) and tackles for loss (23.5)... ranked tied for third in the nation in sacks and tied for second in tackles for loss.Registered 2.0 tackles for loss and credited with a sack in the opener at Vanderbilt... named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts against UAB when he was credited with seven tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks... credited with 1.5 sacks in the win over Missouri... named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the second time at Kentucky when he had four stops including 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack... had four tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack, against Georgia... named to the first-team on Phil Steele's 2012 Midseason All-America and All-SEC squads... named to Sporting News' Midseason All-America first-team... had six tackles including a half tackle for loss and two pass breakups at LSU... had 2.0 tackles for loss including an eight-yard sack among his five stops at Florida... had four tackles including a strip and sack late in the contest that preserved the win over Tennessee... also had a pair of QB hurries in that contest... had a pair of tackles for loss and forced a fumble against Arkansas.Did not play against Wofford as he rested an ailing foot... came back at Clemson with a school-record 4.5 sacks in the 27-17 win, earning SEC Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Week honors... the 4.5 sacks was also a Clemson Memorial Stadium record, topping the previous mark jointly held by Notre Dame's Ross Browner (1977) and Virginia Tech's Bruce Smith (1984), both College Football Hall of Famers.... had a pair of tackles for loss in the Outback Bowl win over Michigan, including "the hit" in which he stopped Vincent Smith in the backfield with a tremendous hit, causing a fumble which he also recovered, considered by many as the most memorable highlight of the bowl season... named the Joe Morrison Defensive Player of the Spring.
True freshman who was named the SEC Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches and the SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year by Rivals.com... also named second-team All-SEC and was a member of the All-Freshman team according to the SEC coaches... earned first-team Freshman All-America honors by FWAA, Sporting News, FoxSportsNext.com, Rivals.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, CBSSports.com and Phil Steele... named honorable mention All-American by SI.com... credited with 36 tackles... was eighth in the SEC with 8.0 sacks, the only freshman in the top 10, and logged 12.0 tackles for loss... tied for fourth in the SEC and tied for eighth in the country with five forced fumbles... also had six quarterback hurries... played in all 12 games.Started the season opener against East Carolina, becoming the first freshman to start on the defensive line since Travian Robertson in 2007... had seven tackles in his debut, adding a pass breakup and a QB hurry... recorded his first career sack at Georgia... forced the fumble against the Bulldogs that Melvin Ingram scooped and scored for the game-winning touchdown... forced two fumbles against Vanderbilt, including one that resulted in a TD by Melvin Ingram... picked up a sack, forced fumble, and two quarterback hurries in the win at Mississippi State... collected four tackles vs. Arkansas...logged his sixth sack of the season vs. Clemson... had a pair of sacks in the bowl win over Nebraska.
Jadeveon Clowney is a preseason third-team All-SEC pick according to Phil Steele... consensus No. 1 player in the nation and named USA TODAY's National Defensive Player of the Year... named "Mr. Football" in the state of South Carolina... tallied 162 tackles, 29.5 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 11 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries, and scored five touchdowns on defense while leading his team to a 13-2 record and a runner-up finish in the state playoffs... also rushed 32 times for 277 yards and nine touchdowns in spot duty as a running back at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, S.C... coached by Bobby Carroll... the Stallions posted a 38-6 record from 2008-10, including winning the 2008 state title.Earned a spot on the PARADE All-America team... played in the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., following his senior season... logged 144 tackles as a junior with 23 sacks and a pair of blocked kicks... also played on the basketball team... regarded as a five-star prospect and the nation's top high school player by Rivals.com and was named its national Defensive Player of the Year... considered a five-star recruit and the nation's top player by Scout.com... was the No. 1 prospect in the nation, according to 247Sports.com... considered the nation's top player by PrepStar magazine... named first-team All-American by MaxPreps and Rivals.com... rated as the No. 1 prospect on ESPNU's 150... offered by many schools and selected South Carolina over Clemson, Alabama, LSU and Florida State... third-straight South Carolina "Mr. Football" to sign with the Gamecocks, following in the footsteps of Stephon Gilmore and Marcus Lattimore... officially signed his National Letter of Intent on his 18th birthday.