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Clowney Translates as Football's LeBron

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South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney broke Twitter on New Year’s Day with a titanic hit on Michigan RB Vincent Smith that will linger with football fans for the rest of the year.

It was a fitting end to a sophomore season that saw the Gamecocks’ man child of a defensive end earn First Team All-America and SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors while setting a school record with 13 sacks. Amid this star-making campaign, the speculation began. Will Clowney project to be like Lawrence Taylor? Julius Peppers? DeMarcus Ware?

All those pass-rushing stars serve as worthy bases of comparison for Clowney. But I’m not reminded of any of them when I see Clowney wreak...

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