Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 1/1/13
South Carolina sophomore defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney forced a fumble in the Outback Bowl on Tuesday with one of the hardest hits and best overall plays by a lineman we have ever seen. Clowney, who has 13 sacks on the season and is considered by many to be the best player in college football, broke into the backfield unblocked and just destroyed Michigan running back Vincent Smith to force a fumble that he recovered. Smith is listed at 5-foot-6 and 175 pounds. Clowney is 6-foot-6 and 256 pounds. He’s nearly twice Smith’s size. His hit was so forceful it literally popped off Smith’s helmet. The play was a game-changer as South Carolina scored on a touchdown pass to Ace Sanders the following play. If Clowney didn’t have to remain in college for another season before turning pro, he would probably be the first pick in the NFL draft. What a play. GIF, video via CJZero

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