April 24, 2014

SEC names Clowney league’s top defender, Sanders top special teams player

Jadevon Clowney is USC’s first ever SEC defensive player of the year

The SEC announces its postseason awards Thursday afternoon and Jadeveon Clowney added another award to his growing list of post season accomplishments.  The league named the Gamecock sophomore defensive end as its Defensive Player of the Year.  Clowney, who won the Hendricks award earlier Thursday, finished the regular season with a school record 13 sacks.

USC junior Ace Sanders earned co-Special Teams Player of the Year honors.  Sanders led the SEC in punt returns, averaging 14.5 yards per return.   

Clowney and Sanders are the first Gamecock players to win these honors since the school joined the SEC in 1992.

SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Caleb Sturgis, Florida

Ace Sanders, South Carolina

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Barrett Jones, Alabama

JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY

Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

Will Muschamp, Florida