Few freshmen have entered college with as much hype as Clowney, a 6'6" 254-pounder who runs like a cheetah chasing lunch.
Coach on the rise
JAMES FRANKLIN Vanderbilt
The former coach-in-waiting at Maryland quickly established his bona fides by grabbing verbal commitments from players coveted by SEC powers.
Coach on the hot seat
MARK RICHT Georgia
Going 7--9 in the SEC for the past two seasons isn't good enough at a program that enjoys one of the greatest recruiting advantages in college football.
Best defensive player
COURTNEY UPSHAW LB, Alabama, Senior
Because of the Tide secondary's tight coverage, opposing QBs will get a close look at the 6'2" 265-pounder, who had 14½ tackles for loss last year.