The NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision season kicks off tonight in Columbia, S.C., as the South Carolina Gamecocks play host to their northern neighbors and rival, the North Carolina Tarheels.
Scheduled start time for the season opener is rather early: 6PM EDT. It will undoubtedly be hot and humid, following a long, dog-day afternoon.
But no matter the sweat factor, fans will be packing Williams-Brice Stadium to see Heisman front-runner Jadeveon Clowney. The Gamecocks All-American defensive end stands at 6’6″ and weighs in at 274 lbs. And he’s fast. Like, faster than any man should be at that size. And lest I forget to mention … he’s 20 years old.
You probably remember this hit that capped his 2012 season.
Now Clowney’s ready for more. He’s ready for his team to challenge for an SEC East Title and a National Championship. According to his teammates, he’s taken an immense leadership role on and off the field, demanding that each player offer his very best. And according to Clowney and his cronies, that skill will be on display tonight.
If you tune in, don’t be surprised to see the Heisman hopeful get hammered with double teams, chip blocks and a combination of the two early in the action. But as the game goes on, he’ll wear down his opponents.
If his fellow defensive lineman can get early pressure on Tarheels quarterback Bryn Renner, that will free up more opportunity for Clowney. In short, at some point tonight, you’ll be impressed by the man wearing #7.