Matt Hayes of SportingNews.com has probably gotten a lot of ugly emails from the Palmetto State in the last few hours. That’s because the columnist went out of his way to diss South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney in his yearly ranking of the top 25 players in college football.
Hayes ranks Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as the top player in the country. Then he writes the following about Clowney:
“If this were based on NFL measureables only, Manziel wouldn’t be in the Top 20 — and we’d have to take a longer, harder look at South Carolina’s Clowney, too.
Don’t believe it? Watch last year’s Outback Bowl and see what happened when Clowney went head-to-head against an elite left tackle.
Michigans’ Taylor Lewan clearly got the best of Clowney, and at time dominated the best defensive player in the college game.
Not only is Clowney behind Manziel, he also trails the most exciting player in the game and the game’s next big star. And as far as pure production, Clowney can’t touch what defensive tackle Will Sutton did last year at Arizona State.
Maybe Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was right after all with that SEC propaganda talk. Or maybe Clowney simply is the third-best player in a league full of stars (nine of the top 25 are from the SEC).”
Just me or does that smack of trolling a bit? We’ll play along and give you the link to Hayes’ top 25 list right here.
For the record, Manziel is on top followed by Georgia running back Todd Gurley (#3), Clowney (#4), Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (#9), Alabama running back TJ Yeldon (#10), Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews (#15), Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (#17), Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy (#19), and Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley (#21).