Remember when Clowney, South Carolina's defensive monster in cleats, was going to shake up the SEC and all of college football this season and maybe win the second-ever defensive Heisman? It didn't quite turn out that way. The Gamecocks finished a respectable 10-2, but Clowney only registered three sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss — not even leading his own defense in either.
Much of this dropoff is due to Clowney playing with bone spurs in his foot, an injury that will require surgery after the team's New Year's Day bowl game, and there's doubt he'll be ready for the NFL Combine in the spring. Here's hoping he returns to being the Clowney of old when he makes his NFL debut next fall.