Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Davarus Clowney (/dʒəˈdɛviɒn/ jə-DEV-ee-on;[1] born February 14, 1993)[2] is an American football outside linebacker[3] for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He graduated from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina and played college football at South Carolina. A unanimous College All-American as a sophomore in 2012, Clowney set South Carolina school records in quarterback sacks (13.0) and tackles for a loss (23.5) per season while also earning Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Southeastern Conference. Described by ESPN as "one of those rare game-changers on defense," Clowney was drafted first overall by the Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft.[4][5]

Jadeveon Clowney
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Clowney in 2018
No. 90 – Houston Texans
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born:February 14, 1993 (age 26)
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school:South Pointe
(Rock Hill, South Carolina)
College:South Carolina
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:205
Sacks:29.0
Forced fumbles:5
Fumble recoveries:6
Pass deflections:11
Interceptions:0
Defensive touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

High school career

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Clowney attempts to sack Justin Worley during a high school game in 2010

A native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Clowney attended South Pointe High School, where he played for the South Pointe Stallions high school football team.[6] Already 6-3 and 200 lbs as a freshman in 2007, he played running back and defensive end for the school's junior varsity team.[7] For his sophomore year, he joined rising seniors Stephon Gilmore and DeVonte Holloman (both four-star recruits) on a South Pointe varsity that came off a 9–4 season. By spring practice, Clowney became a permanent fixture at defensive end.[7] "We knew we had something special. He was 13 years old in that big athletic body. He was wreaking havoc on our offense that spring and fall," said Bobby Carroll, his coach at South Pointe.[7] South Pointe went 15–0 for the season, including a 35–14 win over town-rival Northwestern High at Memorial Stadium, Clemson, for the 2008 South Carolina AAAA Division II title and a No. 3 spot in the annual MaxPreps high school ranking.[8] Despite playing nearly the entire season with a bone spur in his foot, Clowney finished with 17 sacks. He opted to have surgery on the bone spur in January 2009.[7]

South Pointe had 31 seniors graduate after the 2008 season, including Gilmore and Holloman. Still, Clowney helped the team to a 10–4 record for the season, and a state semifinal berth, where the Stallions lost to Northwestern. Clowney finished the season with 144 tackles and 23 sacks. For his senior season, Clowney tallied 162 tackles, 29.5 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 11 forced fumbles, and six fumble recoveries, and scored five touchdowns on defense while helping lead his team to a 13–2 record. South Pointe made the state finals for the second time in three years, but lost 23–27 to Myrtle Beach at USC's Williams-Brice Stadium. Still, Clowney was named South Carolina's 2010 Mr. Football.[9] South Pointe was 38–6 during his three varsity seasons.

Immediately following his senior season, Clowney went to Spartanburg for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, where he registered 5 tackles (2 solo, 3 assists), 3 sacks for a loss of 15 yards, 2 tackles for a loss of 17 yards, and 2 quarterback hurries. Clowney was lined up against the North Carolina left tackle on every snap he played and drew five holding calls.[10] After the Shrine Bowl, Clowney headed to Orlando, Florida, for a week of Under Armour All-America Game practices and then the all-star game itself. He was the leading tackler for the Red with seven and had 1.5 sacks. Recruiting analysts were particularly interested in his matchup with Cyrus Kouandjio.[11]

Afterwards, Clowney headed to New York City, for a photo shoot for an ESPN the Magazine feature story that appeared in the journal's February 7, 2011 issue.[12]

Recruiting

During his high school career, Clowney was often regarded as the best player in his class. ESPN described him as "a special talent who could have vied for the top spot in several previous classes."[13] Both major recruiting services, Rivals.com and Scout.com, as well as ESPNU, considered Clowney not only a five-star recruit, but also the No. 1 overall prospect of the 2011 class, basically throughout his senior year.[14][15][16] Unsurprisingly, he received scholarship offers from nearly every perennial BCS powerhouse.[17] However, Clowney left his decision open until after National Signing Day of 2011.

In a live broadcast on ESPN on his eighteenth birthday—February 14, 2011—Clowney announced his commitment to South Carolina, selecting the Gamecocks over Clemson, Alabama, Louisiana State, and Florida State.[18][19] He was the third-straight South Carolina "Mr. Football" to sign with the Gamecocks, following in the footsteps of his South Pointe teammate Gilmore, and Duncan Byrnes' Marcus Lattimore.[20] "I wanted to play in the SEC. It was easy," Clowney said. "I knew a week ago. I just tried not to tell anybody."[20] Just days earlier, a story in the New York Times questioned Clowney's academic eligibility,[21] but Clowney told reporters he "had no concerns and would be fine".[19]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Jadeveon Clowney
DE
Rock Hill, SC South Pointe (SC) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 240 lb (110 kg) 4.6 Feb 14, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
5 stars
   Rivals:
5 stars
   247Sports:
5 stars
   ESPN:
5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1 (DE)   Rivals: 1 (DE)  247Sports: 1 (DE)  ESPN: 1 (DE)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "South Carolina Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  • "2011 South Carolina Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  • "2011 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 15, 2013.

Track

Clowney was also on the school's track & field team, where he competed as a sprinter, shot putter and discus thrower. He took ninth in the 100 meters at the 2011 York County Championships, with a career-best time of 11.43 seconds.[22] He recorded a personal-best throw of 14.82 meters in the shot put at the 2011 State Championships,[23] and also ran the fourth leg on the 4 × 100 meter relay squad, helping them earn a third-place finish at 42.86 seconds.[24]

College career

Clowney attended the University of South Carolina where he played on the South Carolina Gamecocks football team under head coach Steve Spurrier from 2011 through 2013.[25][26]

2011 season

As a true freshman at South Carolina, Clowney played in all 12 games of the season. He started the season opener against East Carolina, becoming the first freshman to start on the defensive line since Travian Robertson in 2007. In his debut, Clowney had seven tackles, a pass breakup, and a quarterback hurry. A week later in the SEC season opener against Georgia, Clowney recorded his first career quarterback sack in the second quarter, tackling Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray for a 7-yard loss. With just over three minutes remaining and the Gamecocks clinging to a 38–35 lead, Clowney sacked Murray at the 10-yard line, causing him to fumble. Fellow defensive lineman Melvin Ingram recovered the football and returned it for a touchdown to put South Carolina up by 10.[27] Against Vanderbilt, Clowney forced two fumbles, including one that again was recovered by Ingram and returned for a touchdown. In mid-October against Mississippi State, Clowney recorded up a sack, forced fumble, and two quarterback hurries. In South Carolina's 30–13 win over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl, Clowney recorded four tackles and two sacks of quarterback Taylor Martinez.

For the season, Clowney was credited with 36 tackles, including 12 for a loss of yardage. He ranked eighth in the SEC with 8.0 sacks, the only freshman in the top 10, and logged five forced fumbles. He earned SEC Freshman of the Year and All-SEC 2nd Team honors from the league's coaches, and was also named to multiple Freshman All-American 1st Team lists, including The Sporting News, FWAA, Rivals.com, and CBSSports.com.

2012 season

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Clowney with South Carolina in 2012

In his sophomore season, Clowney emerged as the best defensive player in college football.[28] While helping lead South Carolina to an 11–2 (6–2 SEC) record, he set the school single-season record for sacks (13.0) and tackles for loss (23.5). He also amassed 54 tackles (40 solo) and 3 forced fumbles.[29] Against Alabama–Birmingham, Clowney was credited with seven tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks, for which he was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week. In the 27–17 win over Clemson, he sacked Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd for a single-game school record 4.5 times, earning SEC Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Week honors again.[30] It was also a Clemson Memorial Stadium record, topping the previous mark jointly held by Notre Dame's Ross Browner (1977) and Virginia Tech's Bruce Smith (1984), both College Football Hall of Famers. Along with being a Unanimous All-American, Clowney won the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's best defensive end. Additionally, he was a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Lombardi Award, and finished 6th overall in the 2012 Heisman Trophy voting.[31] Following Clowney's incredible sophomore season, he was voted by the fans as the 2012 AT&T All-America Player of the Year on January 7.[32][33]

In the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2013, Clowney helped the Gamecocks to a 33–28 victory over the Michigan Wolverines.[34] He gained instant fame for a hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith that came with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter,[35] after a controversial first down call in Michigan's favor. The hit forced a fumble that Clowney himself recovered, which then set up a touchdown on the next play.[36] On July 17, 2013, Clowney won the 2013 ESPY Award for best play for that hit.[37]

2013 season

Following much off-season hype, Clowney began his junior season as a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy.[38] In the season-opener against North Carolina, weakened by gastroenteritis, Clowney appeared “tired” and only registered three tackles.[39][40] After a slow start into the season, while being plagued by minor injuries, Clowney's Heisman chances began to fade.[41] His decision to sit out the Kentucky game with a muscle strain near his rib area caused media controversy.[42] In a much anticipated rematch with Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio Richardson at Neyland Stadium, Clowney recorded a season-high five tackles, including four solo, in an overall performance that was widely praised.[43] He sat out another game, against Coastal Carolina, ailing with bone spurs in his right foot on November 23.[44]

Clowney finished his junior season with 35 tackles, 10.5 for a loss of yardage, and three quarterback sacks—considerably lower in each category compared to his sophomore year.[45] Nonetheless, he was again a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.[46] However, after receiving unanimous All-American honors in 2012, Clowney was only selected to one 2013 All-America team—by the American Football Coaches Association.[47]

After South Carolina's 34–24 win over Wisconsin in the 2014 Capital One Bowl, in which Clowney had five tackles including one for a loss, he announced that he was going to forego his senior year and enter the NFL Draft.[48][49]

College statistics

Jadeveon Clowney Defense
Year Team GP Tackles For Loss Sacks Int FF
2011 South Carolina 13 36 12.0 8.0 0 5
2012 South Carolina 13 54 23.5 13.0 0 3
2011 South Carolina 11 39 11.5 3.0 0 1
College Totals 37 129 47.0 24.0 0 9

Professional career

2014 NFL Draft

As early as January 2013, Clowney was projected as a top-three selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.[50] "Clowney's a rare talent, basically to the defensive end spot what Andrew Luck and RG3 were to the quarterback position," said ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. "These type of prospects just don't come along very often."[4] NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks described Clowney as a “meaner, nastier version of Julius Peppers.”[51] Clowney's injuries, as well as his mediocre performance early in his junior season reportedly did not scare NFL executives.[52][53] Late September 2013 mock drafts still ranked Clowney among the top-two picks.[54][55] After the college season concluded, Clowney was projected No. 4 by Sports Illustrated.[56] In a postgame interview after the Capital One Bowl, Clowney confirmed he was going to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[49]

At the NFL Combine in February 2014, Clowney excelled in the 40-yard dash, posting an official time of 4.53 seconds, the fastest among defensive linemen,[57] which caused USA Today calling him "by far the most freakish physical specimen in this draft."[58]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 14 in
(1.96 m)
266 lb
(121 kg)
34 12 in
(0.88 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.53 s 1.56 s 4.43 s 7.27 s 37 12 in
(0.95 m)
10 ft 4 in
(3.15 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine[59]

2014 season: Rookie year

Clowney was selected as the first overall pick by the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft.[60] Clowney joined David Carr and Mario Williams as the third player selected first overall by the Texans.[61] He was also the first defensive player selected first overall since Williams.[62][63] On June 6, 2014, Clowney signed a four-year deal worth $22.272 million that featured a $14.518 million signing bonus.[64]

Clowney made his professional debut on August 9, 2014 during the first preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, where he made a tackle for a loss of 5 yards. During the second preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, Clowney recorded his first professional sack where he sacked Matt Ryan. Before the third preseason game against the Denver Broncos, Clowney began to experience concussion-like symptoms after a helmet-to-helmet collision with tight end Jacob Tamme during dual practice and did not play for the rest of the preseason.[65]

Clowney made his regular season debut on September 7 against the Washington Redskins, making one tackle for a loss but left the game in the second quarter due to a knee injury.[66] It was later revealed that Clowney had a torn meniscus.[67] He underwent surgery to repair the meniscus on September 8, and recovery time required 4 to 6 weeks. Clowney was placed on injured reserve to undergo further surgery on his knee on December 4,[68] ending his rookie season with seven tackles in four games.[69] It was eventually revealed that Clowney had microfracture surgery.[70]

2015 season

After a spate of injuries the previous year, Clowney did not play in the preseason but returned on September 13, 2015 against the Kansas City Chiefs, making four tackles, of which one was for loss, in the 20-27 defeat.[71] Clowney recorded his first NFL sack in a game against the Miami Dolphins on October 25, 2015.[72] In 13 games (9 starts), he had 40 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and six passes defended.[73]

2016 season

Clowney was named to his first Pro Bowl and awarded First Team All-Pro in 2016.[74] He was also named to The Sporting News All-Pro team for recording 6 sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, 52 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 2 passes defensed in 14 starts.[75] On January 7, 2017, in the AFC Wild Card Game against the Oakland Raiders, he recorded his first NFL Interception against Connor Cook, in a 27-14 win.[76] He was ranked 49th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[77]

2017 season

On April 14, 2017, the Texans picked up the fifth-year option on Clowney's contract.[78]

In Week 2, on Thursday Night Football, cornerback Kareem Jackson caused a fumble on rookie Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross, which Clowney recovered and took back for 49 yards to set up the Texans offense on a field goal scoring drive. Clowney's play proved important as points were at a premium in the 13–9 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.[79] On September 24, against the New England Patriots. Clowney scored his first NFL touchdown off of a fumble by Tom Brady, in a 36-33 loss.[80] On December 19, 2017, Clowney was named to his second Pro Bowl,[81] but he could not participate due to his knee surgery.[82] He was ranked #32 by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[83]

2018 season

Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney in 2018

In Week 4, Clowney recorded four tackles, two sacks, and recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown in a 37-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts, earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week.[84]. On December 23, Clowney illegally sacked Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. He was fined $40,110 for the incident[85]. Overall, in the 2018 season, he finished with nine sacks, 47 total tackles, one pass defensed, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.[86]

2019 season

On March 4, 2019, the Texans placed the franchise tag on Clowney.[87]

NFL statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackling Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sack FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2014 HOU 4 2 7 5 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2015 HOU 13 9 40 27 13 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 6
2016 HOU 14 14 52 40 12 6.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 2
2017 HOU 16 16 59 41 18 9.5 2 3 71 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 2
2018 HOU 15 14 47 38 9 9.0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
Career 62 55 205 151 54 29.0 4 6 71 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 11

Postseason

Year Team Games Tackling Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sack FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2015 HOU Did not play due to injury
2016 HOU 2 2 3 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3.0 3 0 2
2018 HOU 1 1 5 2 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 3 3 8 5 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3.0 3 0 2

Personal life

Clowney's mother, Josenna Clowney, has been a processing technician at the Frito-Lay plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, since 1994.[88][89] His father, David Morgan, was released from prison in 2006 after serving nearly 12 years for robbing a Rock Hill check-cashing business in 1995.[21][88][90] With his father incarcerated for much of his childhood, Clowney was raised by his mother and his maternal grandparents, John and Josephine Clowney, as well as his mother’s longtime boyfriend, Christopher Jones.[90]

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2011 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

The 2011 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Gamecocks were led by seventh-year head coach Steve Spurrier and played their home games at Williams-Brice Stadium. They are a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference and finished 11-2 for the season and 6–2 in SEC play. While they finished undefeated against the Eastern Division, a 13-16 loss to Auburn and a 28-44 loss to Arkansas left them second in the division standings behind Georgia. In the Capital One Bowl, they defeated Nebraska 30–13. The 11 wins were a school record; it was only the second time in the school's 119-year football history that it won as many as 10 games. They also finished eighth in the final Coaches' Poll and ninth in the final AP Poll—their first-ever top-10 finishes in any major poll.

2012 All-SEC football team

The 2012 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by various selectors for the 2012 Southeastern Conference football season.

The Alabama Crimson Tide won the conference, beating the Georgia Bulldogs 32 to 28 in the SEC Championship. The Crimson Tide then won a national championship, defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42 to 14 in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, a unanimous AP selection, won the Heisman Trophy, the first freshman to do so, and was unanimously voted the SEC Offensive Player of the Year by both AP and the coaches. Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, also a unanimous AP selection, was voted the AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, also a unanimous AP selection, was voted the coaches' SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

2013 All-SEC football team

The 2013 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by the Associated Press (AP) and the conference coaches for the 2013 Southeastern Conference football season.

The Auburn Tigers won the conference, beating the Missouri Tigers 59 to 42 in the SEC Championship. Auburn then lost the national championship to the ACC champion FSU Seminoles 34 to 31.

Auburn running back Tre Mason, a unanimous AP selection, was voted the SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, also a unanimous AP selection, was voted the AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

2013 ESPY Awards

The 2013 ESPY Awards were announced from the Nokia Theatre on July 17, 2013 and were live on ESPN. ESPY Award is short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award.

The awards show was hosted by Jon Hamm.

2013 Outback Bowl

The 2013 Outback Bowl, the 27th edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on January 1, 2013, at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, as part of the 2012–13 NCAA Bowl season.

The game, which was telecast at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, featured the South Carolina Gamecocks from the Southeastern Conference versus the Michigan Wolverines from the Big Ten Conference. South Carolina won 33–28. The game was sponsored by the restaurant chain Outback Steakhouse.

2014 NFL Draft

The 2014 NFL draft was the 79th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible football players to the league. The draft, officially the "Player Selection Meeting", was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, on May 8th through May 10th, 2014. One of the most anticipated drafts in recent years kicked off on May 8, 2014 at 8 pm EDT. The draft was moved from its traditional time frame in late April due to a scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall.There was early discussion and rumors leading up to the draft on the future of staying at the current location in New York City, where it had been held since 1965. Given the increased interest the draft had garnered over the past decade, there was belief that the event may have outgrown Radio City Music Hall, which had been the venue for the past nine drafts. The possibility of extending the draft to four days was also being discussed throughout the months leading up to the draft. The NFL decided in that summer that the 2015 NFL Draft will take place at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

The Houston Texans opened the draft by selecting defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from the University of South Carolina. The last time a defensive player was taken with the first overall selection was in 2006, when the Texans selected Mario Williams. The Texans also closed the draft with the selection of safety Lonnie Ballentine of the University of Memphis as Mr. Irrelevant, which is the title given to the final player selected.The 2014 NFL draft made history when the St. Louis Rams selected Michael Sam in the seventh round. Sam, who became the first openly gay player to ever be drafted in the NFL, was selected 249th out of 256 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. After this, Sam's jersey was the second best selling rookie jersey on the NFL's website. Sam came out publicly in the months leading up to the draft.A few notable players drafted in 2014 were Jimmy Garoppolo, Johnny Manziel, Derek Carr, Blake Bortles, Khalil Mack, Odell Beckham Jr., Aaron Donald, Anthony Barr, Allen Robinson, Jadeveon Clowney, Mike Evans, Devonta Freeman, Martavis Bryant, and Sammy Watkins.

Antonio Richardson

Antonio James "Tiny" Richardson (born February 24, 1992) is a former American football offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Tennessee.

Clowney

Clowney is a Scottish and English surname. Notable people with the surname include:

David Clowney (born 1985), American football wide receiver

David Cortez Clowney (b. 1938), birth name of American pianist Dave "Baby" Cortez

Edmund Clowney (1917–2005), American theologian, educator, and pastor

Jadeveon Clowney (born 1993), American football linebacker

William K. Clowney (1797–1851), American politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina

D. J. Swearinger

Dayarlo Jamal "D. J." Swearinger Sr. ( SWAIR-in-jər; born September 1, 1991) is an American football strong safety for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins.

Josh Sweat

Josh Sweat (born March 29, 1997) is an American football defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State.

List of Houston Texans awards and honors

The following is a list of individual player awards and accomplishments for the Houston Texans franchise of the National Football League.

List of Houston Texans first-round draft picks

The Houston Texans joined the National Football League (NFL) in 2002. The Texans' first selection as an NFL team was David Carr, a quarterback from Fresno State. The team's most recent first-round selection was Deshaun Watson, a quarterback from Clemson.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting," which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.

The Texans have selected number one overall thrice, David Carr in 2002, Mario Williams in 2006, and Jadeveon Clowney in 2014. The team never selected number two overall and number three overall once, Andre Johnson. No player selected by the Texans has been inaugurated into the NFL Hall Of Fame. The Houston Texans have only once drafted two or more times in the first round, which occurred in 2004.

Pat O'Donnell

Patrick Michael O'Donnell (born February 22, 1991) is an American football punter for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Miami.

South Carolina Gamecocks football

The South Carolina Gamecocks football program represents the University of South Carolina in the sport of American football. The Gamecocks compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. Will Muschamp currently serves as the team's head coach. They play their home games at Williams-Brice Stadium. Currently, it is the 20th largest stadium in college football.

USC's SEC tenure has been highlighted by an SEC East title in 2010, Final Top-25 rankings in 2000, 2001, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (AP No. 19, No. 13, No. 22, No. 9, No. 8 and No. 4), and four wins over Top-5 SEC opponents, (No. 4 Ole Miss in 2009, No. 1 Alabama in 2010, No. 5 Georgia in 2012 and at No. 5 Missouri in 2013).

From 1953 through 1970, the Gamecocks played in the Atlantic Coast Conference, winning the 1969 ACC championship and finishing No. 15 in the 1958 final AP poll. From 1971 through 1991, they competed as a major independent, producing 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, six bowl appearances, and Final Top-25 rankings in 1984 and 1987 (AP No. 11 and No. 15).

The Gamecocks have produced a National Coach of the Year in Joe Morrison, three SEC coaches of the year in Lou Holtz (2000) and Steve Spurrier (2005, 2010), and one ACC coach of the year in Paul Dietzel (1969). They also have four members of the College Football Hall of Fame in former players George Rogers and Sterling Sharpe, and former coaches Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier.

South Carolina Gamecocks football statistical leaders

The South Carolina Gamecocks football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the South Carolina Gamecocks football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Gamecocks represent University of South Carolina in the NCAA's Southeastern Conference.

Although South Carolina began competing in intercollegiate football in 1892, the school's official record book does not generally contain entries from before the late 1940s, as records before this time are often incomplete and inconsistent. These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1949, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Gamecocks have played in 10 bowl games since then, allowing players on these teams an additional game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the 2018 season.

South Pointe High School (Rock Hill, South Carolina)

South Pointe High School is the third and newest high school in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA. The school is part of York County School District Three (Rock Hill Schools). It has an enrollment of approximately 1,520 students in grades 9-12.

Vincent Smith (American football)

Vincent Smith (born February 7, 1990) is a former collegiate American football running back and return specialist. He played college football at the University of Michigan from 2009 to 2012. He led Michigan's running backs in rushing yardage during the 2010 season.

Whitney Mercilus

Whitney Mercilus (born July 21, 1990) is an American football outside linebacker for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Illinois and was recognized as a unanimous All-American. He was selected by the Texans in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and was considered one of the best defensive end prospects for 2012.

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