The Houston Texans are gearing up for a season they hope will be the polar opposite of an awful 2013 campaign. There’s plenty of cause for optimism in that regard as the team used the top overall selection to take South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who was regarded not only as the best player available in the draft, but the best non-QB prospect in years. He was arguably the best overall prospect since Andrew Luck went first overall to the Colts. And if Clowney has his way, he’ll be standing over a fallen Luck in 2014.
Clowney told reporters at the Houston Texans’ website that one of his goals in 2014 is to sack Andrew Luck. Clowney said, “My goal in the NFL is to sack Andrew Luck.” That’s easier said than done though, but Clowney already knows that. “He makes good decisions with the ball, so I just want to get after him and sack him one time,” he said per a transcription provided by Pro Football Talk.
Clowney will have two chances to get to Luck this season and for many seasons to come. If all goes well for both athletes and their respective teams, this could become one of the premier rivalries in the league. We always think of QB vs QB as a rivalry, but in truth it means more when it’s a defensive player vs a QB because those two actually see each other on the field.
The Texans’ newest defensive dynamo will have his first shot at Andrew Luck in Week 6 of the NFL season on October 9th when the two teams play at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Until then, both parties will be hard at work in making that game a key divisional matchup between teams atop the AFC South.