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Clowney, Bridgewater will turn pro

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney declared for the NFL draft on Wednesday.

As a junior this season, Bridgewater completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,970 yards and a school-record 31 touchdowns.

"These past three years have allowed me to … leave the university as a better person and with my degree in hand," he said in a statement released by the school. "I will cherish every moment on the field and off the field."

Clowney likely would have been a high pick in April if not for the rule requiring players to be three years out of high school to turn pro. This season, he had 40 tackles, three sacks and nine quarterback hurries.

"Before we even put the pads on (for Wednesday's Capital One Bowl), I thought we've only got 60 minutes and it's over with," he said. "I'm going to be sad about it. I'm excited to move forward with my life, though."

Bucs: Kicker Pat Murray signed. For details, see tampabay.com/blogs/bucs.

Phillips confirms Texans picked O'Brien

While no official announcement has been made, multiple media reports have Penn State coach Bill O'Brien taking over the Texans. And Wade Phillips, the interim coach after Gary Kubiak was fired last month, confirmed it late Tuesday.

"I think they felt (O'Brien) was best for their football team," said Phillips, who interviewed for the job. "And I can deal with that."

More coaching searches: A report on the Lions' website said there is no interest in Seahawks offensive line coach and former Raiders coach Tom Cable, contradicting a Detroit Free Press report. … The Redskins asked the Giants for permission to interview defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, espn.com reported.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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