David Clowney is a two-sport athlete who excelled in track at Virginia Tech and was the lone senior on a young Hokies' receiving unit. The coaching staff was confident that David would take his place among college football's elite in 2006, but the speedy receiver underwent an emergency appendectomy in September that sidetracked his quest to lead Tech in its march for a national title.
David was a Class 5A All-State honorable mention as a senior receiver at Atlantic High School, earning four letters on the gridiron. He also competed as a safety, leading the team to an undefeated regular season during his final year. Clowney garnered All-Palm Beach County honors from The Palm Beach Post and Sun-Sentinel, as he totaled 25 catches for 576 yards (23.0 avg) and a county-best ten touchdowns in 2002. He returned three kickoffs for 245 yards (81.7 avg) and a pair of scores and also made one of the season's biggest plays, a 95-yard touchdown catch against Ely in the regional finals that year.
Clowney added 39 receptions as a junior, coming up with three receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns vs. Wellington High. He also lettered as a sprinter on the track team. He was a state finalist in the 200 meters and a regional finalist in the 100 meters. David added two more letters as a guard on the basketball squad.
He enrolled at Virginia Tech in 2003, seeing action in twelve games as a reserve receiver. David gained 67 yards on five receptions (13.4 avg) and a touchdown. He also recovered a fumble that season.
Despite starting only one of twelve games in 2004, Clowney ranked fourth on the team with 20 catches for 263 yards (13.2 avg) and two touchdowns. He gained 45 yards on a pair of kickoff returns, but lost 20 yards when he was tackled behind the line of scrimmage on a reverse. He also competed for the school's indoor track team. He posted a season-best 60-meter dash time of 6.87 in the Big East Conference Prelims and finished second in that event at the Virginia Tech Invitational.
Clowney started 12 games on the right side of the field in 2005, coming up with a team-high 34 receptions for 619 yards (18.2 avg) and three touchdowns. He also returned one kickoff for 30 yards. In outdoor track, David ran the 100- and 200-meter dashes and helped set a school indoor record with a time of 6.94 in the 60 meters at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.
David started five of twelve games he played in during the 2006 campaign. He missed the Cincinnati clash after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on September 21st, but was back on the field nine days later. Clowney led the team with 34 catches for 424 yards (12.5 avg), but did not have any touchdowns. He had two kickoff returns for 44 yards and recorded three tackles (two solos) while recovering his own fumble.
In 49 games at Virginia Tech, Clowney started eighteen times. He hauled in 93 passes for 1,373 yards (14.8 avg) and six touchdowns. He gained 119 yards on five kickoff returns (23.8 avg), but was stopped twice for losses totaling minus 25 yards on two reverses. David recorded three tackles (two solos) and recovered two fumbles.
Positives: Has a lean, angular frame with room to carry more bulk without it affecting his quickness … Has adequate power to fight through the jam and get into position to make the tough catches in a crowd … Not big, but is a slippery route runner whose suddenness causes defenders to struggle in attempts to get their hands on him in attempts to reroute … Blessed with the elusiveness and second gear to escape the initial tackler and separate in the open field … Shows fluid change of direction agility and despite his slight frame, he utilizes his explosion to defeat the jam … Does a nice job of gearing down and dropping his weight when working through a crowd … Has the plant-&-drive agility coming out of his breaks to get under the deep pass … Has the explosion to instantly gobble up the cushion and will win most foot races in the open … Sinks his pads with fluidness and is deceptive with his acceleration, as he looks effortless gliding towards the ball … Stays in control getting in and out of his break point … Has the quick vertical burst and lateral agility to come back for the poorly thrown pass … Shows good awareness for locating the soft spots in the zone, dropping his weight to settle underneath … Can generate that second gear needed to make the over-the-shoulder grabs … Uncovers and finds space when working in the short area and can drive off on the slant due to his quickness … Has large, natural hands and shows proper technique extending to catch outside his frame … Does not hesitate going for the ball in a crowd (but lacks the size and strength to dominate) … Shows a steady stride and burst throughout his route progression … Even with his blazing speed, he knows how to regulate so he does not outrun the deep throws … His hard planting agility lets him separate from the crowd after the catch … Has good pluck-&-snatch ability, doing a good job of making body adjustments to the ball in flight … Can get in and out of his break point, doing a nice job of driving off on slants when working in the short area … Keeps his feet working along the sidelines and will catch with his hands outside his framework … Very elusive runner once he reaches full stride … Has the crisp cutting agility that lets him come out of his breaks without having to throttle down … Adequate cut blocker who uses his hands well vs. second level defenders and despite a lack of bulk, he works hard to sustain, especially when blocking for the running game … Can add some value as an emergency kickoff returner.
Negatives: Has a slight frame with a small bubble, smooth skin, marginal chest thickness and little room for additional growth … Capable of retaining plays, but needs several reps to do so … Lacks the bulk to face up to defenders when blocking in-line, as he will generally be pushed back or run over … Needs to get a clean release off the line, as his lack of bulk and power can see him get rerouted by the more physical cornerbacks … Can get in and out of his break point, but then starts to coast too often, which lets the defensive back recover … Can outrun most defenders, but once the opponent latches on to him, the battle is over.
Compares to: Kevin Curtis, Philadelphia … Clowney has few peers when it comes to gaining separation on deep routes. He might not have the bulk to be a physical type working underneath, but when he makes those over-the-shoulder grabs, he is almost certain to beat his man, thanks to his hard planting agility that lets him slide past the opponent to pick up positive yardage.
2005-Suffered a broken bone in his right hand during spring drills (March 15), but did not miss any practice time.
2006 - Sat out the Cincinnati game after undergoing an appendectomy on Sept. 21, but was back on the field nine days later (Sept. 30) to start vs. Georgia Tech. He left that game with 1:40 remaining when he was shaken up after receiving a late hit on an incomplete pass.
Campus: 4.29 in the 40-yard dash (indoor rubber track) … 4.35 in the 40-yard dash (outside grass field) … 275-pound bench press … 450-pound squat … 226-pound power clean … 6.69 three-cone drill … 36-inch vertical jump … 31 1/8-inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands … 18/20 Wonderlic score.
Combine: 4.4 in the 40-yard dash … 1.57 10-yard dash … 2.54 20-yard dash … 4.15 20-yard shuttle … 11.75 60-yard shuttle … 7.0 three-cone drill … 32.5-inch vertical jump … 10'3" broad jump.
Attended Atlantic (Delray Beach, Fla.) High, playing football for head coaches Keith Tillman, followed by Chris Bean … Class 5A All-State honorable mention as a senior … Earned four letters on the gridiron as a receiver and safety … Led the team to an undefeated regular season during his final year … Garnered All-Palm Beach County honors from The Palm Beach Post and Sun-Sentinel, as he totaled 25 catches for 576 yards (23.0 avg) and a county-best ten touchdowns in 2002 … Returned three kickoffs for 245 yards (81.7 avg) and a pair of scores and also made one of the season's biggest plays, a 95-yard touchdown catch against Ely in the regional finals that year … Added 39 receptions as a junior, coming up with three receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns vs. Wellington High … Also lettered as a sprinter on the track team … State finalist in the 200 meters and a regional finalist in the 100 meters … Added two more letters as a guard on the basketball squad.
Real Estate/Residential Property Management major … Son of Maria and Tracy Bean … Born David Cortez Clowney, IV, on July 7, 1985 in Long Island, N.Y. … Resides in Delray Beach, Fla.