Clowney named to Steele's All-America squad

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) -- University of South Carolina standout defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was named named to Phil Steele's 2013 preseason first-team All-America squad.

Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pound junior from Rock Hill was a unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore last season. The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting after tallying 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13 quarterback sacks.

Clowney was the only Gamecock to earn a spot on Steele's preseason first-team All-SEC squad.

Tight end Rory Anderson, offensive guard A.J. Cann and defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles all earned second-team All-SEC recognition from Steele.

The Gamecocks open the 2013 season against North Carolina on Thursday, August 29.