We’ve all heard the stories. South Carolina Gamecocks are a story in themselves with the talent and coaching abilities of Steven Spurrier. But what defines force to be reckoned with and what defines a good football player can be summed up in two words:
Clowney is an emphatic player who is sharp, humble, defined in muscle tone and determined in spirit. His players like him, his coach likes him, and of course, HE likes him.
A Rock Hill, South Carolina Native, the American defensive end stands an intimidating 6 ft. 6 in. with an incredible weight of 240. Shows he’s a work horse huh? And if that’s not enough, he has become a tale of Adrian Peterson proportions in his ability to go after the ball, create turnovers and just play good defense.
Forces to be reckoned with are not created often, many believe it is raw talent that you are born with that propels you to stardom as it has him, but whatever the case, he makes his presence known and the power of his play felt. So what’s the story behind a player of this magnitude, why is he such a masterpiece?
Well it starts with growing up playing football and being subject to it virtually all his life. He started as a running back and a defensive end, enjoying the style of absorbing hard hits, and ironically enough, giving them also. He played for all four years of his South Pointe High School career, and astonishingly enough, in the 2008 season, the high school would lose 31 seniors, one of them being a teammate of Clowney’s at South Carolina; Stephon Gilmore, and still manage to come up 10-4 at the end of the season.
Clowney is also a person of glorified confidence. He has said that quarterbacks are scared of him, and should we be judgmental on what he says or believe through the style of play we see from him almost every football game that we can expect the best, each and every time? Only time will tell.
But the facts remain, and the evidence is clear. He is a master of defense and he is a master of getting sacks. In the 2012 college football season he would register a crushing 54 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 13.0 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles, including an earth shattering fumble he both caused and recovered during the 2013 Outback Bowl. So if that doesn’t qualify force in the game of football, what does?
He is poised, he is almost perfect and qualifies in every sense of the words: All American Defensive End. He will go into the 2013 season ready, defined, and many think, perfected as he prepares to shatter records once again, as he did in the 2012 season when he broke the school record for most sacks and tackles for loss in a single season. The NFL scouts will definitely keep a keen eye on this player, who has recently been promoted as a possible Heisman Trophy Candidate, and with good merit.
But what about being a force to be reckoned with? Well, the season is nearly here, and the stage is nearly set. All eyes will be on him on August 29th, at Williams-Brice Stadium, a stadium that is fast-growing in popularity and slowly but surely getting ESPN’s attention. There won’t be time to “clown” around with Spurrier. Clowney, we’re watching. Show us what we all want to see, an astounding football player.