University of South
Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been named one of 16
national semifinalists for the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award presented by Cracker
Barrel for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year, as selected by the
Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee.
Clowney, a 6-6, 256-pounder from Rock Hill, has
been named to the 2012 Midseason All-America first team by both Phil Steele and
Sporting News. Through nine games this season, Clowney has 40 tackles,
including 15.0 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He is a two-time SEC Defensive
Lineman of the Week recipient.
Two-thirds of the way through his second season donning
the Garnet & Black, Clowney already ranks sixth in school history with 16.5
sacks and in a tie for 10th in career tackles for loss with 27.0.
The winner of the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award will be
announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will be
broadcast on ESPN on December 6, 2012. Three finalists for each award will be
announced on November 19, 2012 and a second round of voting will take place at
that time. The formal presentation of this award will be made at the Maxwell
Football Club's Awards Gala, which will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the
Harrah's Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, New Jersey.