Looks like Clowney is saving himself for the NFL

Jadeveon Clowney has had his commitment to South Carolina questioned after he sat out Saturday's victory over Kentucky. (AP)

Jadeveon Clowney has had his commitment to South Carolina questioned after he sat out Saturday's victory over Kentucky. (AP)

Something is up with Jadeveon Clowney.

The guy’s a stud, the best defensive end in the country and the possible No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL draft.

Heading into the season he bragged that opposing players were scared of him and set a goal of 20 sacks and had the Heisman Trophy practically handed to him.

Now, Clowney doesn’t seem to want to play. It looks like he’s saving himself for the NFL.

He sat out of South Carolina’s win over Kentucky on Saturday, telling the coaches before kickoff that his ribs were hurting. This latest malady came after he’s already complained of a bad shoulder and a tummy ailment this year. Bone spurs in his right foot are certainly causing him pain.

At times, Clowney has looked looked like the terror he was in his first two seasons. But he’s also played like he’s going through the motions and seemed frustrated that opponents have game-planned for him by either double- or triple-teaming him, or running to the opposite side.

His year of the sack has turned into a season of sulk. Clowney has 12 tackles and two sacks in four games.

Coach Steve Spurrier seems confused by Clowney’s antics.

In August, he talked about having a “communication problem” with Clowney and other players when they weren’t at a practice.

And on Saturday, Spurrier said none of the coaches knew he wouldn’t be able to play until just before kickoff, although it was reported that Clowney didn’t practice last Thursday.

Here’s what Spurrier said to the media on Tuesday:

”It’s not a one-man game. It’s a team sport. Jadeveon is playing hard, he’s playing well, I think he’s played very hard. Got two guys blocking him about all the time.”

Here’s what Spurrier said after Saturday’s game:

“If (Clowney) wants to play, we’ll welcome him to come play for the team if he wants to. If he doesn’t want to play, he doesn’t have to.”

Here’s what Spurrier said Sunday:

‘Hopefully, with treatment and so forth, he will be well enough to play this coming week, but we will see. It’s not a big story. He was in pain, couldn’t play. We will see if he’s going to be in pain and not play or not in pain and can play this week.”

And on Clowney’s commitment:

“You’ll have to ask him about that. I can’t speak for Jadeveon.”

His effort has been speaking for itself.

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LostBear

October 7th, 2013
12:31 pm

clowney needs to pack it in, head to the IMG training academy and get ready for the combine and draft. Why risk injury on that mediocre team? He’ll make millions in bonus cash and be driving to the clubs in a new Bentley, with hot chicks all over him, drinking top shelf stuff, buying a $5 million mansion!!! Party on Javeon!

BenDaho

October 7th, 2013
12:21 pm

Kdog

October 7th, 2013
10:59 am
Sounds like another prima Donna. Quit on his teammates, would not have him. Another joke to the college game. Go Dawgs!

Prima Donnan? Wasn’t he a bulldog crook?

dick whiskey

October 7th, 2013
12:12 pm

big dummy better be glad he’s got football, if not would have a long hard life of manuel labor in the hot carolina cooton fields

Desert Fox

October 7th, 2013
12:11 pm

Probably a little bit of both, he is hurt and doesn’t want to risk millions to injury when he goes to the NFL. He saw what happened to his team mate, RB w/severe knee injuries and most likely ended a promising NFL career. Like the coach said, if he wants to play he can but I guarantee he’ll not leave anything to chance on the field. He’ll save it for the pros.

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Kyle

October 7th, 2013
11:51 am

SOOOOOOOOOO Happy that this clown did not come to UGA……we have had others like him in the past here at UGA….thankfully, we are not dealing with this moron. Be great if this would impact his chances in the NFL, but not holding my breath…the NFL takes anyone felons included.

brick

October 7th, 2013
11:40 am

Dawg fan here, if Clowney was hurt he made the right decision, but the timing was odd, the trainers, doctors nor coaches were in the dark about the injury which is pretty rare in college football. Only he knows how much pain he was in. But earlier in the year rumor got out he was considering not playing and just training for the combine to avoid an injury, of course everyone denied any validity to that. But he was a non factor in Carolina’s first 4 games and took the 5th one off. He complained about how the coaches were using him, being sick/injured, double teams and running away from him. All of that might not be to his liking, but coaches are in charge of the team and make decisions, everyone his beatup a little at this time of year and since football began, if a team had a star the other team did things to limit his success. It really sounds like JC listened too hard to his hype or he is listening to someone around him giving him advice on how to run his career. Lets not forget that he has struck up a friendship with a man who has a sports rep agency. UGA has already played and beaten SC this year so doesn’t matter if he plays or not to me, but it might serve USCjr best if he didn’t.

brick

October 7th, 2013
11:29 am

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Kdog

October 7th, 2013
10:59 am

Sounds like another prima Donna. Quit on his teammates, would not have him. Another joke to the college game. Go Dawgs!

BIG MIKE

October 7th, 2013
10:48 am

He’s not worth anything to an agent if he’s hurt and his career is in jeopardy come draft time.

This is all so transparent now. It explains why Spurrier was so adament during SEC days about how he told Clowney, ‘that all that can wait until after the Bowl game’, when the whirlwind about Johnny Football was going on questions came up about other athletes crossing some lines.

Spurrier knew something then. And this last weekend confirmed it in his mind. That’s why he was so vocal and didn’t support Clowney. .