Players like Jadeveon Clowney don't pass through college football very often. The South Carolina defensive end has been an impact player since the moment he stepped on campus and is a near lock to forego his final season of eligibility to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
On Wednesday, Clowney could be playing his final collegiate game when South Carolina takes on Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. Clowney made noise in his bowl game a year ago, and this may be the last chance to watch one of the most dominant defensive players of the last decade.
Here's a complete breakdown of what to look for in the Capital One Bowl.
Capital One Bowl - South Carolina vs. Wisconsin (1 p.m. ET, ABC)
When South Carolina has the ball
South Carolina's offense doesn't feature too many draft-eligible prospects worth tracking. Senior quarterback Connor Shaw has a chance to get drafted but that seems to be a long shot at this point. The player to keep an eye on will be on Wisconsin's defense. Linebacker Chris Borland is undersized, but he flies to the football and makes plays due to his speed. His size limits his ceiling in terms of taking on blocks, but he could be a Mychal Kendricks-type player at the next level. Badger safety Dez Southward is the only other player to track.
When Wisconsin has the football
Most of the NFL Draft prospects in this game will be in action when Wisconsin has the football. Senior tight end Jacob Pederson moves around the formation quite a bit and has proven to be an effective blocker in his final season at Wisconsin. He could be a nice find on day three, along with fellow senior, running back James White. South Carolina's defensive line will likely steal most of the attention. Between Clowney, Chaz Sutton and junior defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles. Wisconsin guard Ryan Gory could have his hands full with him.
The best one-on-one matchup of the day will be between South Carolina cornerback Victor Hampton and Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. Wisconsin's senior wide receiver started as a walk on but has developed into a fien NFL prospect. He has a sneaky catch radius and outstanding field awareness. Hampton is a bit undersized but competes really well for the ball.
Question of the day
Will Clowney go out in style?
With this likely being Clowney's last game in college, he will be the focus of most NFL scouts and fans in attendance. He's faced a ton of criticism this season for inconsistent effort while he's been under the microscope. He's still our highest graded defensive player and should remain that way regardless of this game. Still, you have to think he has something to prove on his way out the door.