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.
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.
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.
The ability to leap over bags may sound like a silly way to way to evaluate a prospect but Clowney has already dominated every other test put in front of him. The drill, which Washburn has used for years to test explosion, balance and agility, has reportedly never before been successfully completed with seven bags. The Houston Texans may elect to go in another direction with the first pick. But if they do, Clowney has vowed to make them "miserable." As my top-rated prospect all year long, I'm certainly not betting against him. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com