Clowney to enter NFL draft
Wed, 01 Jan 2014 22:58:32 GMT —
ORLANDO, Fla. (WACH) - It didn't take long for South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney to make his NFL aspirations official.
Within seconds of the Gamecocks' 34-24 victory over Wisconsin in Wednesday's Capital One Bowl, Clowney told WACH Fox Sports' Corey Miller and Derek Phillips that this was his last game in a garnet and black uniform.
"I'm going to miss everything about Carolina. I love everybody here," said Clowney.
Clowney can now officially be one of the top-ranked prospects in this spring's NFL Draft, something just about everyone already knew was coming.
The 6-foot-6, 274-pounder tallied a team-record 13.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore, earned unanimous All-America honors and finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting.
After deciding to play his junior season, rather than sit out as some had suggested, Clowney still remained an impact player, but saw a reduction in his overall production. He entered Wednesday's game with just three sacks and 36 tackles. Those numbers were still good enough to earn him first-team All-SEC honors, while dealing with nagging bone spurs in his foot and a mid-season rib injury that caused him to miss two games.
Clowney finishes his college career third on South Carolina's career sacks list, with 24, second in tackles for loss, with 26 and 127 tackles overall.