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CHICAGO, IL (WIS) - For the first time a sophomore has won the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.
Jadeveon Clowney of the University of South Carolina isthe award's 11th winner. Clowney claimed nearly two-thirds of the final-roundvotes, which is a new record. The five other finalists included Morgan Breslinfrom Southern California, Tank Carradine and Bjoern Werner from Florida State,Sam Montgomery from LSU and Damontre Moore from Texas A&M.
Clowney is a record-setter in several respects thisseason. In addition to his record vote share for this award, he set new SouthCarolina 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). All of this came as afollow-up to his extremely successful freshman season, when Clowney totaledeight sacks and 12 tackles for loss. At the conclusion of the 2011 seasonClowney was named Southeast Conference Freshman of the Year by the SEC coachesand earned First-Team Freshman All-America honors from seven different mediaorganizations.
Clowney's other football accolades this season include:
- Unanimous Selection to Associated Press All-SEC FirstTeam
- Coaches All-SEC First Team
- Three-Time SEC Lineman of the Week
- AFCA All-America selection
- Sporting News Midseason All-American
Since Sunday of this week, Clowney has kept a busyschedule on the premier football awards circuit. He was a finalist for theBronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player of the year), the Vince Lombardi Award(top lineman or linebacker) and will be attending the presentation ceremony asa finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player).
The Rock Hill, S.C. native is no stranger to theattention he is receiving. As a senior at South Pointe High School in RockHill, Clowney was generally regarded as the number-one recruit in the nation.He was named South Carolina's "Mr. Football" and entertainedscholarship offers from as many as 50 universities. His teammates will tell youthat Jadeveon is a dynamic individual off the field - as well as on it. With aflair that fits his personality, Clowney waited until his 18th birthday to makehis announcement and sign his National Letter of Intent - all in front of hisfamily, friends and a television audience.
"Our committee has made another outstanding choicefor this year's award," said Ted Hendricks. "Jadeveon Clowney is an explosive football player who isalways in pursuit of the ball. With his extra arm and torso length, as well asoutstanding quickness, he is able to shed blockers, fire off the edge andpursue the ball carrier aggressively with purpose. He has a constant motor, astrong work ethic and never seems to tire. He gave opposing blockers nightmaresall season. If they blinked, Jadeveon was already past them. I am pleased toadd another outstanding student athlete to our Hendricks Award winners."