With the college season approaching, a hot topic to discuss is who is most likely to win the Heisman Trophy. Last year, Johnny Manziel won it, and he was someone that no analyst had pegged on their Hesiman radar prior to the season starting. Unlike last season, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will win the Heisman this year because people know his name from the beginning. People will be watching from the beginning, and Clowney won’t disappoint. If Clowney took home the Heisman this season, he would be the first defensive end to do so and the second defensive player ever since Charles Woodson in 1997.
Clowney has a chance to have the best season of any defensive player ever in college. He is already the most talented overall player heading into his junior season. It is rare that a defensive end garners so much attention prior to the season starting, but Clowney has earned it. Defensive players never get love when it comes to winning the Heisman because their stats are not paid attention to nearly as much as a quarterback. However, because people know Clowney’s name going into the season, all it will take is a few sacks early on to officially put him on Heisman watch.
In 2009, Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh played so well down the stretch, especially in the Big 12 Championship game against Texas. Many thought that he had made a strong bid for the Heisman Trophy. The difference between Suh and Clowney is that the spotlight was never on Suh from the beginning of the season.
Clowney has the spotlight on him this season. He won’t be able to hide anymore, but if he just plays his game to the best of his ability and avoids injury, he could easily walk away with the Heisman Trophy.