On New Years day, there was a shot heard around college football. The image of a Michigan Wolverine’s helmet exploding off his head and hitting the turf. College footballs intimidator was born. Who is this face of intimidation in college football? It’s easy to see. It’s a 6’6 274 pound behemoth clad in red Carolina armor. Dreadlocks spew from underneath his Gamecock helmet, as number seven flies across the football field leaving destruction in his wake. His name might be clowney, but he is no joke. I an era where defense has taken a backseat to high-powered passing attacks and fad offenses, Jadeveon Clowney is without a doubt proving that defense is all about intimidation. In two years his immense strength and explosiveness off the line of scrimmage have reaped havoc in the SEC. In 2012 Clowney had 54 tackles, 23.5 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks, and three forced fumbles. To call him a difference maker would be a massive understatement. Entering his junior year it is almost certain that he will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, where the speculation is he will be a top 3 pick if not the number one overall selection. This doesn’t surprise me. Every defense in the NFL would be drooling over his freakish athleticism. A guy who can dominate the tranches in the run game while still having the burst to be an elite pass rusher. He changes the game in a manner similar to the Texans J.J. Watt. You can’t stop them, you can only hope to contain them. However, nothing is a guarantee. How many times has the next so-called “big thing” flamed out in professional sports? It’s hard to see this happening to Clowney. Sure he might not burst onto the scene right away, but once he gets comfortable he could become an elite defensive player. Hey I know one thing, I feel bad for the quarterbacks of the SEC this year. Don’t believe me? Watch Clowney here in his Beast Mode and tell me your not impressed.
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