Gamecocks’ Clowney earns SEC honors
COLUMBIA — South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was selected as the Southeastern Conference defensive lineman of the week and co-defensive player of the week for his efforts in the Gamecocks’ 27-17 win at Clemson on Saturday.
Clowney, a 6-6, 256-pound defensive end from Rock Hill, set the school record for sacks in a game with 4˝ and broke the school record for sacks in a season with 13. The sack total against the Tigers was also a Clemson Memorial Stadium record, breaking the previous mark held by Notre Dame’s Ross Browner (1977) and Virginia Tech’s Bruce Smith (1984). Clowney totaled seven tackles, including six solo stops, and was also credited with a quarterback pressure.
The Gamecocks held Clemson to 17 points and 328 yards, well below their season averages of 44.6 points and 535.6 yards per game.
It’s the third time this season that Clowney has been honored by the SEC. He was also the defensive lineman of the week after wins over UAB and Kentucky. He is a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, the Lombardi Award and the Bednarik Award.
With Georgia one win away from playing for a national championship, quarterback Aaron Murray has suddenly imposed a media blackout.
The school said that Murray met with coach Mark Richt and got permission to be relieved from his media responsibilities leading up to the SEC championship game.
No. 5 Florida probably will be without linebacker Jelani Jenkins for the team’s bowl game.
Jenkins broke a bone in his right foot during Saturday’s 37-26 win at Florida State and had surgery Monday.
SMU accepted an invitation to play in the Hawaii Bowl. SMU will meet a team from the Mountain West on Christmas Eve at Aloha Stadium.
Pitt coach Paul Chryst dismissed redshirt freshman defensive back Stephen Williams from the team two days after he was charged with assaulting a woman who said she was his girlfriend.