I've never had a trophy like that, so I'm excited about it.
Charlotte, North Carolina (PRWEB) May 14, 2014
Defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney headlines a list of 22 CFPA Trophy winners selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. Clowney, the 2012 College Football Performance Awards Defensive Lineman Trophy winner, was the first overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Clowney was presented with the 2012 CFPA Defensive Lineman Trophy during the South Carolina spring game on April 13, 2013. CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith was on hand to present the award at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.
The 2012 CFPA Defensive Lineman Trophy was presented during a special halftime ceremony. Clowney accepted the award at midfield to a standing ovation and posed for photos. Head Coach Steve Spurrier announced the award from the field, while also recognizing CFPA Trophy winners Marcus Lattimore and Melvin Ingram in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
"It's a nice trophy," said Clowney. "I've never had a trophy like that, so I'm excited about it."
Clowney was one of seven CFPA Trophy winners selected in the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Linebacker Khalil Mack, wide receiver Mike Evans, defensive back Justin Gilbert, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., quarterback Johnny Manziel, and defensive back Deone Bucannon were also first-round selections.
CFPA Trophy Winners Top Position Groups in 2014 NFL Draft:
CFPA Trophy winners were the first selections in all three defensive position groups. 2012 CFPA Defensive Lineman Trophy winner Jadeveon Clowney was the first defensive lineman selection, while 2013 CFPA Linebacker Trophy winner Khalil Mack and 2013 CFPA Defensive Back Trophy winner Justin Gilbert were the first selections at linebacker and defensive back, respectively.
2013 CFPA Punter Trophy winner Pat O'Donnell was the first specialist drafted. O'Donnell, a sixth-round pick to the Chicago Bears, was also the only exclusive punter selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
CFPA Trophy Winners Selected in 2014 NFL Draft:
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina -- Houston Texans, Round 1 (Pick #1)
Khalil Mack, Buffalo -- Oakland Raiders, Round 1 (Pick #5)
Mike Evans, Texas A&M -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Round 1 (Pick #7)
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State -- Cleveland Browns, Round 1 (Pick #8)
Odell Beckham Jr., LSU -- New York Giants, Round 1 (Pick #12)
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M -- Cleveland Browns, Round 1 (Pick #22)
Deone Bucannon, Washington State -- Arizona Cardinals, Round 1 (Pick #27)
Derek Carr, Fresno State -- Oakland Raiders, Round 2 (Pick #36)
Marqise Lee, USC -- Jacksonville Jaguars, Round 2 (Pick #39)
Kyle Van Noy, BYU -- Detroit Lions, Round 2 (Pick #40)
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt -- Philadelphia Eagles, Round 2 (Pick #42)
Jace Amaro, Texas Tech -- New York Jets, Round 2 (Pick #49)
Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois -- New England Patriots, Round 2 (Pick #62)
Terrance West, Towson -- Cleveland Browns, Round 3 (Pick #94)
Andre Williams, Boston College -- New York Giants, Round 4 (Pick #113)
Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona -- Chicago Bears, Round 4 (Pick #117)
De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon -- Kansas City Chiefs, Round 4 (Pick #124)
Caraun Reid, Princeton -- Detroit Lions, Round 5 (Pick #158)
AJ McCarron, Alabama -- Cincinnati Bengals, Round 5 (Pick #164)
Jordan Tripp, Montana -- Miami Dolphins, Round 5 (Pick #171)
Pat O'Donnell, Miami -- Chicago Bears, Round 6 (Pick #191)
Tyler Starr, South Dakota -- Atlanta Falcons, Round 7 (Pick #255)
About College Football Performance Awards:
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.