The winner of this award will be in fine company -- Tyrann Mathieu (2011), Patrick Peterson (2010), Ndamukong Suh (2009), Rey Maualuga (2008) Dan Connor (2007), Paul Posluszny (2006 and 2005), David Pollack (2004) and Teddy Lehman (2003) -- and all three candidates have one thing in common: putting a chill down the spine of offensive players everywhere.
To find out the official winners of college football's major awards, tune into "The Home Depot College Football Awards" show live on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 6. Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Tom Rinaldi and Samantha Steele will host the show, which will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Statistics as of Monday, Nov. 19.
The Biletnikoff Award Nominees
Jadeveon Clowney: Despite being just 19 years old and a true sophomore, Clowney is one of the most feared defenders in the nation. His 8.5 sacks rank third in the SEC, even after he was forced to sit out a game with a left foot injury. He's racked up 1.7 tackles for loss per game, good for 7th in the nation, and helped South Carolina hold opponents to just 310.8 yards per game (13th among FBS schools).
Jarvis Jones: In just nine games this season, Jones has accounted for 62 tackles and 9.5 sacks, good for 8th in the nation. His 1.17 sacks per game are the most among players for BCS AQ schools. He's dropped runners behind the line of scrimmage 18 times, leading the nation with 2.0 tackles for loss per game and six forced fumbles. The Georgia junior leads all active players in career sacks per game (1.1) and tackles for loss per game (1.7).
Manti Te'o: The senior linebacker has awakened the echoes at Notre Dame, leading the Irish to their first No. 1 ranking since 1993. He has a team-high 98 tackles, making him the first Notre Dame player in more than 30 years to lead the team for three straight years. His six interceptions are the most ever for a Notre Dame LB and rank him second nationally among all players, helping the Irish lead the nation in scoring defense (10.1 PPG).