Let the preseason honors begin for University of South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. He has been selected to Phil Steele's 2013 preseason first-team All-America squad.
Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., was a
unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore last season. The SEC's Defensive
Player of the Year finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting after
recording 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a
school record 13.0 quarterback sacks.
Clowney earned the 2012 Ted
Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end.
Clowney was the lone Gamecock who earned a spot on Steele's preseason first-team All-SEC squad announced on Tuesday. Tight end Rory Anderson, offensive guard A.J. Cann and defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles all earned second-team All-SEC recognition by Steele.
The Gamecocks are coming off their second-straight 11 win
season and finished the 2012 campaign ranked 7th in the final USA
Today/ESPN Coaches poll. They will open the 2013 season against North Carolina August 29.