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Jadeveon Clowney
LB #90
Height:
6-5
Weight:
266
College:
South Carolina
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TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Houston Texans with the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

CAREER AT SOUTH CAROLINA:
• Started 23-of-36 games at South Carolina, recording 130 tackles (85 solos) that included 24.0 sacks for minus-148 yards, 47.0 tackles for loss (minus-221 yards) and 20 quarterback pressures
• Recovered one fumble, caused nine others and deflected seven passes
• Finished second in school annals with 47.0 tackles for loss
• Third on the school’s all-time list with 24.0 sacks
• Holds school record with nine forced fumbles
• Set a school record with 13 sacks in 2012
• His 23.0 tackles for loss in 2012 broke the previous school record of 19.5 by Eric Norwood in 2007
• Set a school record by posting 4.5 sacks vs. Clemson in 2012…that figure 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.

TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Houston Texans with the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

CAREER AT SOUTH CAROLINA:
• Started 23-of-36 games at South Carolina, recording 130 tackles (85 solos) that included 24.0 sacks for minus-148 yards, 47.0 tackles for loss (minus-221 yards) and 20 quarterback pressures
• Recovered one fumble, caused nine others and deflected seven passes
• Finished second in school annals with 47.0 tackles for loss
• Third on the school’s all-time list with 24.0 sacks
• Holds school record with nine forced fumbles
• Set a school record with 13 sacks in 2012
• His 23.0 tackles for loss in 2012 broke the previous school record of 19.5 by Eric Norwood in 2007
• Set a school record by posting 4.5 sacks vs. Clemson in 2012…that figure 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.

2013
• Joined Warren Muir (1967 and ’69) and George Rogers (1979 and ’80) as the only Gamecocks to earn first-team All-American honors in two seasons, as the strong-side defensive end received that accolade from the American Football Coaches Association, adding second-team honors from Walter Camp and The NFL Draft Report
• Unanimous first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection
• Semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award
• 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
• Had 2.5 tackles for loss and a pair of quarterback hurries at Tennessee
• Posted a tackle for loss, a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry along with five tackles at Missouri
• Registered two tackles for loss among his five stops vs. Florida
• Had a sack and two tackles for loss vs. Clemson
• Had five tackles, including one for a loss Capital One Bowl win against Wisconsin

2012
• Unanimous All-American as a sophomore, joining George Rogers (1980) as just the second unanimous All-American at South Carolina
• Named the 2012-13 University of South Carolina Male Athlete of the Year
• Recipient of the All-America Player of the Year Award, presented by AT&T, as selected by the fans on ESPN.com
• Finished sixth in the Heisman balloting
• Named the Hendricks Award winner as the nation’s outstanding defensive end, as he became the first sophomore to win that award, securing nearly two-thirds of the final vote
• Was also was a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award and Bednarik awards
• Selected coaches’ choice as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and first-team All-SEC
• Became the first Gamecock to earn SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors
• Was a three-time SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week
• Set the school season record for sacks (13.0) and tackles for loss (23.5)
• Tied for third in the nation in sacks and tied for second in tackles for loss
• Posted 54 tackles (40 solos) with three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, five quarterback pressures and two pass deflections
• Registered two tackles for loss and credited with a sack in the opener at Vanderbilt
• Was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts vs. Alabama-Birmingham when he was credited with seven tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks
• Made 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 two for loss and a sack, vs. Georgia
• Produced two tackles for loss including an 8-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, as he also had a pair of QB hurries
• Registered a pair of tackles for loss and forced a fumble vs. Arkansas
• 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
•  Delivered 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, causing a fumble which he also recovered, considered by many as the most memorable highlight of the bowl season

2011
• 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-American honors from The NFL Draft Report, Football Writers Association, Sporting News, FoxSportsNext.com, Rivals.com, College Football News, CBSSports.com and Phil Steele
• Named honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated
• Credited with 36 tackles (17 solos) and finished eighth in the SEC with eight sacks for minus-49 yards, the only freshman in the top 10, and logged 12.0 stops for losses totaling 57 yards
• Tied for fourth in the SEC and tied for eighth in the country with five forced fumbles
• Also had six quarterback pressures
• Played in all 13 games at strong-side defensive end, backing up Melvin Ingram most of the year, as that tandem combined for 18 sacks
• Started the season opener vs. East Carolina, becoming the first freshman to start on the defensive line since Travian Robertson in 2007, as he had seven tackles in his debut, adding a pass breakup and a QB hurry
• Recorded his first career sack at Georgia and also forced the fumble vs. the Bulldogs that Melvin Ingram scooped and scored for the game-winning touchdown
• Forced two fumbles vs. Vanderbilt, including one that resulted in a touchdown by Ingram
• Picked up a sack, forced fumble, and two quarterback hurries in the win at Mississippi State
• Logged a sack vs. Clemson and added two more in the bowl win over Nebraska, to go with four tackles

HIGH SCHOOL
• Attended South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C) High School, playing football for head coach Bobby Carroll
• Started for the Stallions as a 6-3, 200-pound freshman, lining up at running back and defensive end
• The team went 15–0 during his junior season, including a 35–14 win over town-rival Northwestern High at Memorial Stadium, Clemson, for the 2008 South Carolina AAAA Division II title and a third spot in the annual MaxPreps high school ranking
• Despite playing nearly the entire season with a bone spur in his foot, finished with 17 sacks
• Helped the team to a 10–4 record and a state semifinal berth, where the Stallions lost to Northwestern
• Finished the season with 144 tackles and 23 sacks
• As a senior, Clowney 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
• Rushed 32 times for 277 yards and nine touchdowns in spot duty as a running back
• Named South Carolina’s 2010 Mr. Football
• Played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, where he registered five tackles, three sacks for a loss of 15 yards, two tackles for a loss of 17 yards and two quarterback hurries
• The leading tackler for the Red in the Under Armour All-America Game with seven and had 1.5 sacks
• Named the consensus best player in the nation and named USA Today’s National Defensive Player of the Year
• Earned a spot on the Parade All-American and received a five-star prospect ranking and was named the nation’s top high school player by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service selected him their national Defensive Player of the Year
• Also lettered for the school’s basketball team.

PERSONAL
• African-American studies major
• Mother, Josenna Clowney, has been a processing technician at the Frito-Lay plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, since 1994
• Raised by his mother and his maternal grandparents, John and Josephine Clowney, as well as his mother’s longtime boyfriend, Christopher Jones

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