It’s time for my first week’s grade of Jadeveon Clowney. As I explained here, I’m attempting to create a Defender Rating by which we can judge the play of the South Carolina defensive end each week. The purpose of this metric is to find a way to quantify his performance compared to other Heisman candidates. Next week, I’ll add a control group to compare him to in the form of Stanford OLB/DE Trent Murphy.
Here is a cut-up of every snap he had against North Carolina: