SEC honors USC’s Clowney; suspends Swearinger for hit

South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been selected as the Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against UAB last Saturday, the league office announced today.

Clowney, a 6-6, 256-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., was credited with seven tackles, including 3.5 tackles for losses totaling 17 yards, and 2.0 sacks in Carolina’s 49-6 win over the Blazers.

Carolina held UAB to just 89 second-half yards and just 27 rushing yards in the contest on 42 carries. The Gamecock defense sacked UAB quarterbacks six times in the contest and forced five three-and-outs.

Clowney becomes the second Gamecock to be honored by the SEC this season. Junior tailback Marcus Lattimore was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the season opener at Vanderbilt.

The seventh-ranked Gamecocks (3-0, 1-0 SEC) will be in action again on Saturday when they host the Missouri Tigers (2-1, 0-1 SEC). The game will be televised nationally on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET.

* Upon review of game tapes of the football game between the University of Alabama-Birmingham and South Carolina, played in Columbia on Saturday, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive has announced that South Carolina senior defensive back D.J. Swearinger has been suspended for the Sept. 22 Missouri at South Carolina football game.

This action is the result of a flagrant and dangerous act which occurred at the 5:46 mark in the third quarter. The action is in violation of Rule 9-1-4 of the NCAA Football Rule Book, which reads, “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder.”

By playing rule, a defenseless opponent is defined by “one who because his physical position and focus of concentration is especially vulnerable to injury.” One of the examples in the rule book is a receiver whose focus is on catching a pass.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee and the SEC have made protection of defenseless players a point of emphasis for the 2012 season.

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