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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93 comments Add your comment

rexdogma

October 9th, 2013
1:21 pm

the name says it all. Clown ney

7576DAWG

October 9th, 2013
11:23 am

Other teams are running plays away from Clowney and when they do run in his direction they double and triple team him. South Carolina doesn’t have another Defensive End good enough , like they had last year. Teams don’t have to account for anybody else disruptive enough to affect the play.
Clowney see’s that Spurrier over used Lattimore when he was a Freshmen by running him 35 to 40 times a game and getting pounded that much in the SEC will ultimately get you injured.
Lattimore was going to be a top 10 pick in the draft which would have gotten him probably at least a 5 million dollar bonus and then a 4 year 20 million dollar contract. He ended up being drafted 4TH round . Got a $300,000 bonus and a 4 year contract worth approx. $500,000 per year. Spurrier’s win at all cost attitude and not caring if Lattimore got hurt because of over use just cost Lattimore $ 20 Million.
Spurrier wouldn’t let Clowney take care of the bone spurs in January fearing it may affect his availability at the beginning of this season and because of other nagging injuries not to mention that South Carolina has already lost 1 game, Clowney isn’t wanting to rush things. Clowney see’s what happened to Lattimore and it should be and is scary to put everything on the line if it doesn’t mean anything. If South Carolina looks like they will end up in the SEC Championship game or the National hunt Clowney will be there giving it all he has but for now he wants to fully recover and make sure he doesn’t end up like Marcus Lattimore.
I don’t blame him any, after the way Spurrier handled Lattimore.

FreddieBlassie

October 9th, 2013
9:26 am

If his ribs are not broken and he can’t play because they hurt him, then Clowney is a coward and a wimp and it signals to the NFL that he is TROUBLE. You can bet that there are scores of college players practicing and playing with cracked ribs right now. Clowney’s are bruised. Makes me want to puke.

Bernie Matt

October 9th, 2013
12:58 am

I’m sure you will rationalize that it was insensitive; but how in the hell can a statement backed up by facts and data, be insensitive and yet you gladly accept all these posts (in fact encourage them) from people who say hostile things about an amateur athlete, that they have no data or facts about the real seriousness of his injuries. FRAUDS YOU ARE AT THE AJC!

Bernie Matt

October 9th, 2013
12:42 am

AJC must be feeling guilty about their complicity in making those players who play hurt into icons and legends, why else would you delete my post about them committing suicide after their careers. Surely you journalists are educated enough to know that there has to be some correllation between these concussions and these suicides. Bunch of hypocrits so-called journalists have become!

Surburan Buckeye

October 8th, 2013
9:30 pm

Just another thug!

STFU

October 8th, 2013
8:56 pm

Maybe you morans should have waited to the Spurrier news conference was over today………
Please STFU about these kids you know nothing about!!

Shankit

October 8th, 2013
5:40 pm

Spanky, agree with your comment, but it could be Hotlanta if Jax should win a couple of games.

Spanky

October 8th, 2013
4:40 pm

Shankit, I agree with you, but it ain’t campus he’d be driving the Ferrari…it’s down in Jacksonville looking for a mansion!

shankit

October 8th, 2013
3:38 pm

It’s all about big bucks. I suspect there is already an agent advising Clowney of
his anticipated signing bonus if he is healthy vs. if he were injured bonus. Be interesting if Clowney
starts driving a Ferrari around campus soon on his advance from his agent. Just a thought.