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Clowney, Bridgewater entering NFL Draft

Published:   |   Updated: January 2, 2014 at 12:37 AM

As was widely expected, two top college football talents announced they will forego their senior seasons to enter the NFL Draft.

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, both widely considered to be among the top prospects for April’s draft, made their intentions public Wednesday afternoon. Clowney had just helped lead the Gamecocks to a 34-24 victory over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, while Bridgewater had a spectacular final showing for the Cardinals on Saturday in a 36-9 rout of Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl, also in Orlando.

Projected as possibly the first quarterback to be taken in the draft, Bridgewater passed for 447 yards against the Hurricanes.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the seventh overall pick in the draft. The Houston Texans own the first pick.