Dec. 14, 2012
University of South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-America team, it was announced today.
With that recognition, Clowney becomes a unanimous first-team All-American, as he was named to that honor by all five of the major organizations. He previously was named first-team All-America by the Associated Press, AFCA, Walter Camp and Sporting News. He joins Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers (1980) as the only unanimous first-team All-Americans in South Carolina history.
In addition to those first-team All-America squads listed above, Clowney was a first-team All-America selection by ESPN.com, CBSSports.com and FoxSportsNext.com. He was the coaches’ choice as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and was a first-team All-SEC selection by both the coaches and the Associated Press.
Clowney, a 6-6, 256-pounder, set new South Carolina standards for sacks in a season (13.0), tackles for loss in a season (21.5) and sacks in a single game (4.5 vs. Clemson) during the 2012 campaign. He has been tabbed as the Hendricks Award winner, which recognizes the nation’s top defensive end, and was a finalist for the Nagurski, Lombardi and Bednarik awards.
Clowney is the fourth Gamecock to earn first-team All-America honors in the past four seasons, following Eric Norwood (2009), Alshon Jeffery (2010) and Melvin Ingram (2011). He is also the fourth Gamecock to earn consensus All-America accolades, joining Rogers (1980), Del Wilkes (1984) and Ingram (2011).