Wednesday April 24th, 2013

Jadeveon Clowney celebrates after making a good football play. (The State/MCT/Getty Images) Jadeveon Clowney (7) celebrates after making a good football play. (The State/MCT/Getty Images)

By Zac Ellis

It's no secret that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is one of the most highly touted players in the country. Clowney has emerged as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate entering the 2013 season, and his head coach appears to agree with that line of thinking.

When asked in Wednesday's SEC teleconference if he would ever vote for a defensive player for the Heisman, Steve Spurrier said, "I voted for Jadeveon Clowney last year with one of mine."

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Spurrier won the 1966 Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Florida. As a sophomore, Clowney finished sixth in Heisman voting, garnering four first-place votes, 13 second-place votes and 23 third-place votes. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o finished second to Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, netting the second-most first-place votes for a runner-up in the award's history. Te'o also notched the highest finish ever by an exclusively defensive player.

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