College Football

USC's Clowney wins AT&T All-American Player of the Year Award

Honor, announced by ESPN during BCS Championship, decided by fan voting

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 8, 2013 

Outback Bowl Football

File: Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (12) loses his helmet as he is hit by South Carolina defensive ends Devin Taylor (98) and Jadeveon Clowney (7) during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl held Jan. 1 in Tampa, Fla.

CHRIS O'MEARA — AP

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was selected as college football's All-America Player of the Year presented by AT&T. The award is decided solely by a fan vote and was announced Monday night by ESPN during its broadcast of Alabama's 42-14 win over Notre Dame in the BCS Championship.

The 6-foot-6, 256-pound sophomore from Rock Hill finished the season with 54 tackles, including 40 solo stops. He logged a school-record 23.5 tackles for loss, including a school-record 13.0 sacks. He also forced three fumbles and recovered one. He tied for second in the country in tackles for loss and was tied for third in sacks.

Clowney was a unanimous first-team All-American, just the second in South Carolina history, joining 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. He also finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting and was the Ted Hendricks Award winner as the nation's top defensive end.

Previous winners of the AT&T All-America Player of the Year include Texas' Cedric Benson (2005), Vince Young (2006) and Colt McCoy (2010), Notre Dame's Brady Quinn (2007), Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree (2008) and Graham Harrell (2009) and Baylor's Robert Griffin III (2011).

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