Mettenberger says Clowney threatened him before game

It appears South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier’s gift of gab is rubbing off on his players — perhaps in a way that even Spurrier wouldn’t endorse.

According to news accounts, Gamecock defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and another player threatened LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger before Saturday night’s game in Baton Rouge.

From the Shreveport News:

“We’re coming for you, 8,” a South Carolina player told Mettenberger, who wears No. 8.

“You’re not going to make it through the game,” South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said.

“The little guy didn’t have his jersey on, but he was a player – probably a defensive back,” Mettenberger said.

The incident provided added incentive for LSU’s offensive line, which held the Gamecocks to one sack and Clowney, the SEC leader, to none.

“The player was Clowney and a defensive back. They were right out here when I went out to do warm-ups,” Mettenberger said while in the LSU locker room, just a few feet from the field. “They definitely had a few choice words to say to me, but I’m guessing they’re looking dumb right now with the loss on their record. Obviously, it didn’t work out for them too well.

“I was protected very well for most of the night,” Mettenberger said. “We had a great game plan. They wanted me to get the ball quick out of my hands because they had a great defensive line.”

LSU’s left tackle, Josh Dworaczyk, told the News that Clowney’s threat motivated him to play even harder:

“Well, before the game, I don’t know if you heard this or not, but one of the guys from their team went up to Zach and told him that he was going to make sure that he didn’t finish the game,” said Dworaczyk. “And to me, that’s emotional. The coaches heard. Some players heard it,” Dworaczyk said. “I don’t know who it was, but it was a defensive guy. And so when that comes into this locker room …”

“I’m getting fired up just thinking about it now because Zach’s one of my best friends,” he said. “And when you hear that, it elevates your game that much more. It’s always your job to keep a quarterback clean, but when the threat comes out there, you step up and protect your quarterback with everything that you got. And I think our offensive line, backs and tight ends did a great job the entire night of doing that. And Zach was able to back cleanly and throw passes, and we’re a deadly offense when we can do that.”

If Clowney’s intent was to intimidate LSU, it didn’t work. The Tigers handed the Gamecocks their first defeat, 23-21, and were ranked no. 6 in the first BCS rankings released Sunday. South Carolina is no. 7.

As for Spurrier’s game week wisecracks about the two Death Valley’s, he got that thrown back in his face, even though the joke was aimed at Clemson.

“That was Death Valley,” LSU coach Les Miles said after the game. “That was the place where opponents’ dreams come to die — and it was spectacular.”

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Crap

October 15th, 2012
8:51 am

Crap

October 15th, 2012
8:51 am

Talk doesn’t win.

Kitster

October 15th, 2012
8:59 am

Honestly, this seems out of character for Clowney. But, if we are assuming Mettenberger is telling the truth – then I hope Clowney learns a lesson. Talk is cheap. Hopefully just a youthful (and dumb) mistake from a 19 year old kid.

Sergeant Joe Friday, LAPD

October 15th, 2012
9:23 am

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Paul Johnson Head Coach Georgia Tech Football

October 15th, 2012
9:23 am

Il take him he could help us on defense

Sergeant Joe Friday, LAPD

October 15th, 2012
9:25 am

These players are not kids….they are just stupid and can’t read and write.

Jesse

October 15th, 2012
9:27 am

It’s not out of character for Clowney, he talked trash via twitter the whole week preceding the UGA USC game— directed at Murray and UGA fans in general. Can’t back it up. Montgomery and Mingo proved who was the better DE duo in the SEC

Boom Boom

October 15th, 2012
9:38 am

South Cakalaka was taking cheap shots all night. I saw one player try and stomp on another players foot and they were trying to hurt players after the whistle. They look like Thug U. Karma is a B-word.

Aubie13

October 15th, 2012
9:40 am

Clowney is very active on his twitter and talks trash all the time. He did the same with Aaron Murray.

xharles

October 15th, 2012
9:40 am

What else would you expect from S.C. players when their loud mouth head ball coach sets the example?

Aubie13

October 15th, 2012
9:41 am

South Carolina players pick that stuff up from their Coach, whom no one respects outside of Columbia and even some in Columbia don’t like him.

zmettsis08

October 15th, 2012
9:42 am

If Zach says somebody threatened him, then that is what happend… Zach doesnt imbelish to make hisself look better… And Clowney is a kid… maybe when he starts wearing his big boy panties he can play real college football :)

MOJO

October 15th, 2012
9:43 am

And Aaron Murray is still having nightmares about Clowney…..

When will UGA have a QB with heart, courage, and size. Murray does have a nice purse though

Clown Shoes

October 15th, 2012
9:51 am

Clowney is a child in a grown mans body. In the great words of Ben Affleck in Jay and Silent Bob Strike back: “You realize your friend is freaking clown shoes, right?” – response – “you know, after 5 movies I kind of realize that” – EXCEPT after 5 games we kind of realized Clowney is the clown shoes.

Alabama Jack

October 15th, 2012
9:56 am

Hey dawgs want some cheese with these whines ?????

5150 UOAD`

October 15th, 2012
9:57 am

UGa players talk all game long. LSU players talk crap all game long. Bama players talk crap all game long. Notre dame players talk crap all game long……. Well you get the message. Players run their mouths before during and after plays all the time. The UGa Vandy feud last started because UGa players were running their mouth to the Vandy sideline starting during the warm-ups. It is part of the game. If RapistsBerger Jr. can’t handle trash talk he should play golf.

Wilson Pickett

October 15th, 2012
9:57 am

Fact is if the USCe QB doesn’t throw the terrible pick then USCe could have won the game. There was no azz kicking taking place in Death Valley folks. Consider the fact that USCe had just won a huge division game vs a strong rival as well as lead much if not most of the game shows that USCe is a good football team. The game was really a freebie for Steve and team and they didn’t show a lot of emotion during the contest yet they were in the lead often at LSU. What happens between USCe and UF is the deal and Steve understands just that. UF is looking great and is a well coached football team. Going forward there is no doubt UF will be the King in the East again and they will be more tuff to beat than Urban’s bunch due to ground and pound Will is selling to his folks. Don’t be surprised to see LSU and UF in the SECCG this year. Bama is getting slowed by injury no doubt and now AJ has a little issue with his knee. Our two tackles can’t block speed rushers and that is our downfall going forward. Don’t get me wrong for Bama is a really good football team but there is problems coming in the weeks ahead. Roll Tide

Brad

October 15th, 2012
10:02 am

Clowney does not have a twitter account. Spurrier bans twitter during the season. So whatever account you think Clowney is using it is a fake account.

Didn't this kid plead out of a felony?

October 15th, 2012
10:04 am

I know he pleaded guilty to sexual battery. i’m not ready to make dear little Zach a martyr…

Didn't this kid plead out of a felony?

October 15th, 2012
10:05 am

and it’s good to see the UGA fans with such short memories on the site today. it was only 9 days ago that their team got completely demolished by SC.

te29wr

October 15th, 2012
10:09 am

Stevie and his thugs are at it again LSU ownes SC and Stevie better be up the nex two weeks You are only as good as your last game

zmettsis08

October 15th, 2012
10:15 am

He didnt plead out… He took the two counts of sexual battery as opposed to Two counts of fake id’s, underage consumption, disorderly conduct, and one count of sexual battery… if you dont know what is going on, keep your mouth shut… and the little girl that said he “touched” her, was so drunk that she was rubbing her boobs and ass on him… he was set up by that girl, she worked at the bar, she was a florida fan, and she saw an opportunity…

SimpleDawg

October 15th, 2012
10:21 am

You always love to see smack talkers get it shoved……in their face.

blessed 2 b a dawg

October 15th, 2012
10:28 am

And why would anyone be surprised…Steve will let his kids do anything to win case in point Steven Garcia…hopefully the CLOWN will do the same thing at UF

Jesse

October 15th, 2012
10:31 am

DIT

October 15th, 2012
10:33 am

Is trash talking something new in football??? Call me crazy, I thought it has been going on for decades. Geez, where have I been.

Jesse

October 15th, 2012
10:34 am

GDD

October 15th, 2012
10:52 am

This is NOT the first time Clowney’s run his mouth……

Ga./Fl. Stillman Dawg

October 15th, 2012
11:23 am

Who care if he said it to Aaron Murry Via Tweeter, he put up and made that soft GEORGIA O-line SHUT UP. If you can talk it and walk it then I am proud of you Mr. Clowney…. But Saturday A REAL O-Line (LSU) along with REAL COACHING (Les Miles, And Company D-Line) MADE YOU “Shut Up”. So next time win the game cause now you look real DUMB. But thanks for bringing our dogs ooops i mean puppies back down to earth. UGA Sucks. No more of my money will be spent supporting this DECLINING Program. Kids make statements all games so whats the difference. He didnt really threatened him. GEEZ…. Wish the UGA was man enough to defend their QB after Clowney said all those dumb things, oops I forgot they are to soft of a team and the coaches are over rated and the players. Beat Fla. YEA RIGHT…………..

Ed Tom Bell

October 15th, 2012
11:38 am

SC players generally are more mellow. They like their herb.

joet

October 15th, 2012
11:53 am

UGA fans are the ones who need to shut up. Clowney whipped thier a$$. Two elite SEC teams played saturday and it was a battle. Mid-tier teams like UGA need to trash talk to Auburn or GT (teams they can beat).

gdawginkalamazoo

October 15th, 2012
11:57 am

shakazulu

October 15th, 2012
12:02 pm

Soooo, unsubstantiated claims by LSU folks and most all believe it. Never believe what you read unless there is some kind of corroboration. No wonder the constant stream of mis-information permeates our society. It was probably a tact by Les Miles….brilliant.

Tyrone

October 15th, 2012
12:15 pm

Once again, South Carolina got the “BIGHEAD”, ran their mouth, and got what they deserve. A big “L” in the right column. Let’s hope they do it again this week and get their butt handed to them at the Swamp!!

WeBurn

October 15th, 2012
12:16 pm

Spurrier did have a point about the two death valleys. Both LSU and Clemson have the same mascot and the same stadium nickname…lame.

Contractor

October 15th, 2012
12:23 pm

Who cares, it’s football. Be alarmed if South Carolina’s defense was twisting arms and legs after tackles, hitting after the whistle, and throwing cash bounties out there like the Saints. In today’s culture running their mouth is the thing to do, whether it’s to cover their crappy play or to gloat in it. I hate Spurrier, but his Death Valley comments were funny, especially when it illicits a comment from Yabbo Dabo. I absolutely hate that guy and his sense of arrogance. Dude, you coach at Clemson,mwhere people expect you to underachieve and fall apart by season’s end.I

Neutral

October 15th, 2012
12:48 pm

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Terry

October 15th, 2012
12:49 pm

Wilson Pickett, what game were you watching, LSU kicked SC all over the field, the only reason it was close is because of Zach Mettenberger inconsistent performance, but made enough big throws to sustain scoring drives, finishing 21 of 25 for 148 yards. He had one costly interception returned 70 yards by Jimmy Legree, setting up South Carolina’s first TD, if not for that it would not have even been close.

————————–SC———-LSU
First Downs—————14———–22
Third Down Efficiency—-3-13——–11-19
Fourth Down Efficiency—2-2———-0-0
Plays-Net Yards———60-211——78-406
Rushes-Yds————–25-34——-53-258
Passing Yds————-177———-148
Kick Return Yds———-47———–59
Punt Return Yds———-50————6
Passes—————-19-35-2——12-25-1
Punts——————7-259——–4-134
Fumbles-Lost————1-0————1-0
Penalties-Yds———–4-25———-5-29
Time of Poss.———-23:3———-36:57

The Real Mtn. Dawg

October 15th, 2012
1:02 pm

The true culprit here is the “OLD ball couch” and his true lack of class. He dissed his Qb. on national tv this week after he had him up for the Heisman Trophy the week before. Why these kids want to play for this JERK! is beyond me.

phil

October 15th, 2012
1:07 pm

Which is why our local teams always lose when it matters most…

Jeff

October 15th, 2012
1:07 pm

Please, guys, get your facts straight. Clowney has never run his mouth and it is out of character. If you’re gonna try and use Twitter as an example, you, my friends, are full of it. All USCe players have to suspend all Twitter activity for the football season, so NO, Clowney has not been using Twitter to talk trash. I hope USC3 and LSU play again on a neutral field, as I believe South Carolina is truly the better team. I am not talking trash, just saying what I believe to be true. LSU’s stadium was amazing, that we just weren’t ready for it. Shaw hasn’t seem too much like that and I think he’ll learn. Oh a side note, I love the social media internet world. It says Clowney, so it must be. Cool. Today I am Peyton Manning. USCe is still in it. Trust me. I know football. -Peyton Manning.

Energy Vampire

October 15th, 2012
1:13 pm

That’s not Clowney’s twitter account. South Carolina players aren’t allowed to tweet during the season.

Ernie Banks

October 15th, 2012
1:15 pm

the QB that poses a threat to women….is complaining about some trash talk before a game. LOL!

WTF

October 15th, 2012
1:30 pm

joet SC never has been and never will be elite.

JT

October 15th, 2012
1:42 pm

It is understandable why he got emotional about the verbal exchange. He is afterall a rather touchy feely kind of guy.

Apologetic Dawg Fan

October 15th, 2012
1:54 pm

Jeff, I mean Peyton’s right, it must have been the stadium. LSU is not a good team at all, they just get lucky most of the time.

Good thing we don’t have to play the real tigers this year. We couldn’t beat them either. We always seem to lose the big ones. Jacksonville’s not looking too good. Time to pout and shrug off another loss

Wilson Pickett

October 15th, 2012
2:25 pm

@Terry,,,not close….right sport…the pick was the difference in the game. The fact is USCe didn’t even play with much emotion since it was all gone from the UGA yet they still were ahead late in the 4th QTR in a game LSU had to win without a doubt. USCe is a good football team…not #1 but a good football team. I have to give the edge to Will and UF this week because they had a week off (Vandy) while USCe was in a battle with LSU. UF 23 USCe 17

Old Guy

October 15th, 2012
2:42 pm

LSU is playing with Georgia’s 4th string QB…

Dawglasville

October 15th, 2012
2:50 pm

5150 UOAD – I don’t usually get behind the name calling stuff but I have to hand it to you, the, “RapistsBerger Jr.,” comment was pretty funny.

Joe Namath

October 15th, 2012
2:55 pm

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