Gamecocks’ Clowney wins SEC Freshman of the Year

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was voted the SEC Freshman of the Year by the 12 league coaches, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Clowney, a 6-6, 254-pounder from Rock Hill, was one of two freshman named to the All-SEC second team. He also is the second consecutive Gamecock to win the award, following sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore in 2010.

Clowney was credited with 32 tackles on the season and he was ninth in the SEC with six sacks, the only freshman in the top 20.

Clowney was tied for 14th in the league with 10 tackles for loss and he tied for third in the SEC and tied for eighth in the country with five forced fumbles.

Other individual awards were:

Offensive Player of the Year – Trent Richardson, Alabama

Defensive Player of the Year – Morris Claiborne, LSU

Special Teams Player of the Year – Joe Adams, Arkansas

Jacobs Blocking Trophy – Barrett Jones, Alabama

Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Barrett Jones, Alabama

Coach of the Year – Les Miles, LSU

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