This year, Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o was close to becoming the first true defender to win the Heisman Trophy. While Te’o fell short of the award, South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney believes that the milestone could be reached next season.
“I believe a defensive player can win the Heisman next year,” Clowney said.
Clowney doesn’t just believe that any defensive player could win the award next season, he believes that he will be that player to bring home the hardware.
“That’s my next thing, New York,” Clowney said. “Next season, I am going to come out and try to work harder than I did this season and try to get there.”
Many believed that Clowney deserved consideration for the award this year. He was one of unquestionably one of the most dominating players in the country.
Clowney already has the South Carolina records for sacks and tackles for a loss in a single season. He is only eight sacks away from becoming the school’s all-time sacks record. There is no doubt that he has the ability to win the nation’s most prestigious award.
His sights may be set on the Heisman for now, but once Clowney concludes his college career he will be in the discussion to be the number one overall pick in his draft class.