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USC’s Clowney Is Back And Faster Than Ever

When you look at plays like the one below, you probably find yourself wondering just how dang fast South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney really is.

 

Jadeveon Clowney's Top Play: Hit vs. Michigan

 

Well, if ESPN.com’s Tom Rinaldi is correct, the All-American and future #1 NFL pick ran a 4.5 40-yard dash during Carolina’s winter workouts.  This for a guy who’s 6-6, 272 pounds according to the Gamecocks’ official website.

According to the Yahoo! Sports’ Dr. Saturday blog, only 22 players at the recent NFL combine ran a faster time than Clowney.  None were defensive linemen.

Now normally would we say two things about Clowney’s reported 40-time.  First, all it takes is a friendly trigger on the stopwatch to help someone’s time.  Second, football isn’t run on a track, it’s played on turf, in pads, with a lot of other guys running at and around you.  But we’ll not make those points in relation to Clowney because we know that he does play just fast on the field.  You saw it above.  And if you follow recruiting, you probably remember the first play from Clowney’s highlight reel below, too.

 

Jadeveon Clowney Senior Highlights

 

Clowney is as much a freak at the defensive end position as Randy Moss was as a receiver.  If his career progresses as everyone believes it will, folks will be saying “this end reminds me of Clowney,” the way they’ve said it about wideouts and Moss for a decade.  And we’re talking about on-field athletic ability, not off-field tomfoolery.

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