Clowney's hit nominated for ESPY award

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Jadeveon Clowney's bone-crushing hit in January's Outback Bowl has been nominated for a 2013 ESPY award.

The South Carolina defensive end's game-changing hit on Michigan's Vincent Smith caused a fumble and sent Smith's helmet flying into the backfield. Video of the hit went viral almost immediately and made Clowney an overnight megastar.

Clowney was already on most people's radar, but, since the tackle on Smith, he has become a favorite to win the Heisman trophy next season and has been projected as a possible number-one pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Clowney's hit is a number one seed in ESPN's 16-play voting bracket. Voting opened to the public on Thursday and runs through July 17. The awards ceremony will be broadcast live that evening on ESPN.