South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is among those in the first edition of the 2013 HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Trophy Watch List, released on Thursday.
The list gives football fans an early glimpse the crop of Heisman contenders for the coming season. This year's post-spring watch contains 29 players.
Clowney has 21 sacks in two seasons and said after USC's spring game that he wants to break Eric Norwood's school-best career mark (29).
"My goals are set very high," Clowney said. "I want to break the sack record, make more tackles for loss and not necessarily when the Heisman. But if it's there, it's there."
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Head coach Steve Spurrier acknowledged Wednesday that Clowney faces an uphill climb to win the Heisman Trophy, which has never gone to an exclusively defensive player.
“It’s hard when you have a couple guys blocking one guy. It’s hard for him to take over a ball game,” Spurrier said.
The players on the early watch list are:
... Ameer Abdullah, Jr., RB, Nebraska
... David Ash, Jr., QB, Texas
... Blake Bell, Jr., QB, Oklahoma
... Tajh Boyd, Sr., QB, Clemson
... Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., QB, Louisville
... Ka'deem Carey, Jr., RB, Arizona
... Derek Carr, Sr., QB, Fresno State
... Jadeveon Clowney, Jr., DE, South Carolina
... Stefon Diggs, So., WR, Maryland
... Cody Fajardo, Jr., QB, Nevada
... David Fales, Sr., QB, San Jose State
... Devin Gardner, Jr., QB, Michigan
... Everett Golson, So., QB, Notre Dame
... Todd Gurley, So., RB, Georgia
... Kevin Hogan, So., QB, Stanford
... Brett Hundley, So., QB, UCLA
... Duke Johnson, So., RB, Miami
... Marqise Lee, Jr., WR, USC
... Jordan Lynch, Sr., QB, Northern Illinois
... Johnny Manziel, So., QB, Texas A&M
... Marcus Mariota, So., QB, Oregon
... Venric Mark, Sr., RB, Northwestern
... Taylor Martinez, Sr., QB, Nebraska
... AJ McCarron, Sr., QB, Alabama
... Braxton Miller, Jr., QB, Ohio State
... Aaron Murray, Sr., QB, Georgia
... Lache Seastrunk, Jr., RB, Baylor
... De'Anthony Thomas, Jr., RB, Oregon
... TJ Yeldon, So., RB, Alabama