Thursday, January 02, 2014

Clowney declares for the NFL Draft

Clowney will go to NFL Draft as USC defeats Wisconsin 34-24 on Connor Shaw's first-ever TD reception




ORLANDO, FL — Within seconds of USC's 34-24 win over Wisconsin in the Capitol One Bowl, Jadaveon Clowney told a WACH-HD Fox 57 reporter what most sports writers knew long in advance.

He's going to the National Football League Draft later this spring.

He was asked two questions: was this his final game in a USC uniform and whether he was going to the draft.  His answer to both questions, "Yes, sir."

The Rock Hill native and South Pointe alum is the top-ranked prospect by ESPN Scouts Incorporated and No. 1 on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's Big Board.

The 6-foot-6, 274-pound Mr. Clowney recorded a team-record 13.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore, earned unanimous All-America honors, but finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting.

After deciding to return for his junior season, Mr. Clowney overcame some early speed bumps and earned first-team All-SEC honors. He entered Wednesday's bowl game with three sacks and 36 tackles this season and 24 sacks and 127 tackles for his college career.

The Capitol One Bowl was also Connor Shaw's last game with USC.  In fact, the game was the quarterback's last event with the school as he graduated in December 2013.  Mr. Shaw passed for, and caught, a touchdown in the win.


REGIONAL/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

A Seneca woman was arrested and charged with felony DWI and DUS after killing her daughters in a collision in Oconee County on New Year's Day. [WHNS Fox Carolina]

A Taylors woman was killed on New Year's Day after she was run over near WADE HAMPTON BLVD (US Route 29) in Greenville County.  Earlier in the day, a man was killed in a crash, making this the first two fatalities of 2014 on the state's most populous county's highways. [WHNS Fox Carolina]

Death knocks in North Charleston: two women were shot and killed after answering a knock at their doors. [ABC News 4]

Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the 109th mayor of America's largest city on New Year's Day. [WTVD ABC 11 Raleigh]

SPORTS SHORTS:

Georgia fell apart in the Gator Bowl and lost to Nebraska 24-19.  The Bulldogs will likely tumble out of the AP Top 25 poll when it is released for the final time after the Bowl Championship Series National Championship game next week. [Yahoo!]

Clemson just may have an advantage in their Orange Bowl game against Ohio State: Noah Spence has been suspended for tonight's game, as well as for the Buckeyes' season opener happening late this summer.  This is the first meeting between the two teams since the 1978 Gator Bowl, infamous for Buckeyes' legendary coach Woody Hayes punching Clemson nose guard Charlie Bauman after he intercepted a late pass.  Coach Hayes was fired immediately after the game for the unacceptable conduct. [Huffington Post]

Georgia Tech fell to Mississippi 25-17 on Monday in the Music City Bowl.  The Yellow Jackets finished 7-6. [Yahoo!]

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:

Three celebrities died on New Year's Day: actress Juanita Moore, who would have been 100 later this year; actor James Avery, who would have been 69 later this year; and Tabby Thomas, who would have been 85 on Sunday. [WHNS Fox Carolina, WHNS Fox Carolina, The Advocate]

Amazon now has a physical presence in Indiana, Nevada and Tennessee.  That means that your items will now be taxed in those states. [Yahoo!]

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