January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Football: The Key to Stopping Jadeveon Clowney

All summer long Jadeveon Clowney has been a topic on SportsCenter. Of course most of the attention has been on his race for the Heisman Trophy this season, but as the season has neared it has focused on how North Carolina will stop the best player in college football.

There is no doubt in my mind that Clowney is the best player in college football, but it’s only because in most cases, teams have allowed him to be. There is only one key to stopping Jadeveon Clowney and I noticed it while watching some highlights of him this week. Look at this video and then think about it before reading on.

The reason Jadeveon Clowney can get to the ball carrier so easily is because nobody on the offensive line touches him. He goes right past them without a single attempt of being blocked. It makes putting pressure on the ball carrier such an easy task for Clowney.

Now I get you may be saying, but these are his best highlights, yes, but there are highlights online and that ESPN shows where he hasn’t been as successful and still gets right past the offensive line without a fight.

The key to stopping Clowney is simply eye him down, don’t lose sight of him, guard him, put up a fight, and keep him from getting past the offensive line.

Based on all the video I’ve seen of the talented kid, nobody bothers to even try to block him. Based on that, I think the first team to attempt to block him could through him off his game plan and see that it’s not that hard to play against them. But first, you MUST block him.

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