USC's Clowney set to appear at SEC media days

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WACH/AP) -- The University of South Carolina is breaking out the star power at next week's Southeastern Conference media days.

All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will be joined by quarterback Connor Shaw and receiver Bruce Ellington to represent the team at the annual event.

On Wednesday, the conference released the roster of players attending the three-day event in Hoover starting next Tuesday.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman, will address the media on Wednesday. Clowney, who finished sixth in the Heisman voting, appears on day one.

Earlier this week, Clowney was named to both the Maxwell and Bednarik Award Watch Lists for the 2013 season.

Clowney was a unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore last season. The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year tallied 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13 quarterback sacks.

Clowney was a finalist for the Bednarik Award last year, finishing behind Notre Dame linebacker Manti T'eo.

Alabama's national title winning quarterback AJ McCarron is also slated for the event. Manziel, McCarron, Shaw and Georgia's Aaron Murray are among nine quarterbacks scheduled to attend.

Two-time defending national champion Alabama will also bring All-America linebacker C.J. Mosley and guard Anthony Steen.

SEC media days have become a spectable over the last few years. So much so, ESPN is set to broadcast "College Football Live" on site at Hoover's Wynfrey Hotel when the event kicks off next Tuesday afternoon.

Two months ago, ESPN and the SEC announced they were joining forces to form the SEC Network, which launches in August 2014.