Jadeveon Clowney (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - USC defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is now a consensus All-American, after being selected to the Associated Press first team.
The AP announced their selection of Clowney Tuesday.
With this selection, Clowney now gets the tag "consensus All-American": in short, this means he made the All-American teams of the AP, AFCA, Walter Camp, and Sporting News.
While many organizations make All-American lists, those five are the ones with the longest historical standing. When a player makes all those lists, it signifies that all the leading groups agree he is among the elite.
Just three Gamecocks have ever been a consensus: George Rogers (1980), Del Wilkes (1984) and Melvin Ingram (2011).
Clowney, a sophomore, set Gamecock single season records for sacks in a season (13.0), tackles for loss in a season (21.5), and sacks in a game (4.5 against Clemson).
Clowney also won the Hendricks Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive end. He's been named SEC defensive player of the year by the coaches.