Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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

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, reported.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

Clowney, Bridgewater will turn pro 01/01/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 10:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Longest home run at Trop and Erasmo Ramirez's pitching doom Rays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier returned. The problem was, so did Erasmo Ramirez.

    Seattle Mariners first baseman Yonder Alonso (10) scores on the double by Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  2. Rays journal: Kevin Kiermaier returns, Mallex Smith sent to Triple A

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It didn't take CF Kevin Kiermaier long to make his presence felt during his return Friday to the Rays lineup. Kiermaier pretended to have Mariners DH Nelson Cruz's first-inning line drive lined up even as the ball went past him to his right and to the wall.

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) flies out in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  3. Rays vs. Mariners, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Mariners

    6:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    This is a 2017 photo of Jake Odorizzi of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. This image reflects the 2017 active roster as of Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  4. Bucs journal: Starting defense disappointed holding Jags to 1 rushing yard


    JACKSONVILLE — The Bucs' starting defense held the Jaguars to a total of 1 rushing yard on seven carries in the first half of Thursday's 12-8 preseason win.

    And its members were disappointed.

    Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (24) is thrown for a 1-yard loss as he is stopped by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David (54) and defensive end Robert Ayers (91) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) JVS102
  5. Jameis Winston's hardest lesson: He can't always save the day


    TAMPA — Ever wonder what in the world goes through Jameis Winston's mind when he tries to fit the ball in a keyhole as he is being dragged to the turf like he was during Thursday night's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars?

    Jameis Winston, left, tries to hang on to the ball as Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler tries to strip it from him.