Clowney's been better than you think
September, 13, 2013
By Kevin Weidl | ESPN Insider
Throughout the first two weeks of the college football season, South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney has been under the microscope more than any other player in the country. After a monster 2012 season where he notched 23.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks -- and where he often took over games for periods at a time -- there was plenty of hype leading into this fall regarding the junior defensive end. From appearing on the cover Sports Illustrated to the discussions on radio and television as to whether Clowney should even play this year, the bar and the expectations were set too high.
This season, Clowney has received a lot of public criticism for his apparent lack of production -- six tackles, two tackles for a loss (TFLs), one sack and three quarterback hurries – through his first two games. Interesting enough, these are the exact same stats he had through two games in 2012 -- the exception being he has one more quarterback hurry this year. In addition, after being at the North Carolina game and watching the coaches copy tapes of both the North Carolina and Georgia games, Clowney has made a much bigger impact than his stats indicate.
I charted every single snap when he was on the field for the two contests. Below are the observations I've made off the coaches tape from both of Clowney's games in 2013.