South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has rightfully earned a reputation for being practically unblockable, and few would argue after a monster 2012 season in which he racked up 13 sacks.
But during SEC Media Days, Clowney admitted that a few players in the league — including Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio Richardson — did have some success blocking him.
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When asked about their encounter, Richardson said he remembered it well because he gave up a sack to the 6-foot-6, 272-pound Clowney, who is considered to be a surefire first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
“I watch that film at least once a week,” Richardson said. “Jadeveon Clowney, he has all the physical tools that you would want from a defensive end. But like I said, last year I lost on that one play. So I’m going into this next year trying to (grade out) 100 percent.”
You can bet that Tennessee coach Butch Jones won’t be letting the 6-foot-6, 332-pound Richardson, who is nicknamed “Tiny” and also has legitimate NFL dreams of his own after a breakthrough 2012 season, forget about the sack any time soon, either.
“When you want to be the best, you always think about one or two plays that made a difference,” Jones said. “Tiny talks about that play all the time … he’s driven by that, talks about it. I think that’s added to just his overall development as a football player.”
Tennessee plays host to South Carolina on Oct. 19.