South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been named to the 2013 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America team, it was announced Wednesday.
Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pound junior from Rock Hill, was named first-team All-SEC by both the Associated Press and the SEC coaches. He was a second-team Walter Camp All-American. A 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award semifinalist, Clowney finished the regular season with 10.5 tackles for loss and had 35 tackles on the year to go along with a forced fumble, a pair of pass breakups, three sacks and eight quarterback hurries.
Clowney joins Stanford offensive lineman David Yankey and Alabama linebacker C.J. Moseley as return selections on the coaches’ All-America squad.
Clowney also joins Warren Muir (1969 and ’69) and George Rogers (1979 and ’80) as the only Gamecocks to earn first-team All-America honors twice in their careers. Clowney was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2012 and was selected as the Ted Hendricks Award winner as the nation’s outstanding defensive end.
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Clowney and Kelcy Quarles (Sporting News) both earned first-team All-America distinction this season. It’s just the second time Carolina has had two players garner first-team All-America honors in the same campaign, as they join the 1984 tandem of Del Wilkes and James Seawright.
The Gamecocks have had a first-team All-America selection in a school-record five consecutive seasons: Eric Norwood (2009), Alshon Jeffery (2010), Melvin Ingram (2011), Jadeveon Clowney (2012-13) and Kelcy Quarles (2013).