We’re still in the month of May, yet Jadeveon Clowney already has the entire state of South Carolina excited. The defensive stud was on-hand at the South Carolina State House today to pick up an “award” for his play last season. This past January, it was decided that Clowney would receive a “resolution” for his accomplishments. Ah, the SEC.
Here’s a photo of Clowney with a framed copy of the document.
Jadeveon Clowney honored at the State House today with a resolution for his AT&T Player of the Year award. twitter.com/gogamecocks/st…
— GoGamecocks.com (@gogamecocks) May 28, 2013
Want to know what it reads? Here’s the full text from the document. I’ve bolded the best part.
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA DEFENSIVE END JADEVEON CLOWNEY FOR HIS OUTSTANDING SEASON, AND TO CONGRATULATE HIM FOR BEING NAMED THE 2012 AT&T NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR.
Whereas, the members of the South Carolina General Assembly were pleased to learn that Jadeveon Clowney was named the 2012 AT&T National Player of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year; and
Whereas, a sophomore defensive end from Rock Hill, he finished the season with 54 total tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, and a school record of 13 sacks; and
Whereas, the 6-foot-6, 256-pound player was a Unanimous First-Team All American this season, the winner of the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end, and ranked sixth overall in the 2012 Heisman Trophy voting; and
Whereas, in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day with the University of Michigan facing off against the University of South Carolina, officials allowed the Michigan Wolverines to retain possession in a questionable fourth-quarter call that spotted the ball just short of a first down after a fourth-down fake punk; and
Whereas, on the next play of the game, Jadeveon Clowney separated Michigan running back Vincent Smith from the ball and from his helmet in one of the most physical, athletic, and vigorous plays in college football, “The Hit” being proudly dubbed by Carolina Gamecock admirers; and
Whereas, on the now famous play, Clowney blew past the left tackle, squared up the running back, tackled him emphatically, and then deftly scooped up the football in his left hand for the fumble recovery and ran with the ball; and
Whereas, after the Gamecocks regained possession, they needed only one more play to throw a touchdown pass, and after yet another touchdown in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, the Gamecocks defeated the Wolverines 33-28 in the Outback Bowl; and
Whereas, the members of the South Carolina General Assembly are grateful for the pride and recognition that Jadeveon Clowney has brought to the University of South Carolina and to the Palmetto State and look to hear of his continued accomplishments. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, recognize and honor University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney for his outstanding season, and congratulate him for being named the 2012 AT&T National Player of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to Jadeveon Clowney.
And so, it was. Also, we now know that the state of South Carolina’s official response to the controversial first down call from the Outback Bowl is that it was “questionable”. College sports, where politics somehow matter.