South Carolina’s Clowney tells Georgia players what they must do: ‘Block me’

Steve Spurrier said South Carolina has been "pretty fortunate" against Georgia. (Associated Press)

Steve Spurrier said South Carolina has been "pretty fortunate" against Georgia. (Associated Press)

It was South Carolina day Tuesday at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., which for Georgia fans meant expecting the Ol’ Ball Coach to deliver a few verbal jabs to the Red and Black.

Actually, Steve Spurrier was pretty restrained in his comments about Georgia. Asked why he’s been able to game plan against Mark Richt’s team so well in recent years, he said: “We’ve been pretty fortunate. Last year Georgia, they didn’t play very well at all. The first play of the game, their kid was getting ready to intercept it, and Damiere Byrd sort of plucked it out of their hands, we went down and scored. Everything went our way the first half, second half. But then they came back.”

As Spurrier noted, “you got to give Georgia credit” for still winning the SEC East the past two years. “We’ve beaten them the last two years, then they’ve won all their conference games. That game is important, but it didn’t determine the division champion. So we’re going to try to beat ‘em like we always do, and they’re going to try to beat us. But should be a heck of a game.”

True, you can parse that next to last sentence and wonder, was he saying they’re going to try like they always do to beat Georgia, or was he saying they always beat Georgia?

Mild stuff by Spurrier standards, but Georgia still came in for a bit of a battering, as it seemed the Gamecocks’ head coach had turned the pick-at-the-Bulldogs role over to his star defensive end, the 6-foot-6, 247-pound monster known as Jadeveon Clowney, who seemed to take the role on with relish, drawing most of the headlines for his assertion that UGA’s Aaron Murray is among the quarterbacks who are “scared” of him (the others being Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson).

“You can look at a guy and tell if he’s scared,” Clowney said. “If he’s staring at me before the ball is snapped, if he’s staring at me before every snap, I’m just, like, ‘Oh, we got him.’ I (tell teammates), ‘He’s shook. We’ve just got to get a couple hits on him (and) he’ll turn the ball over.’ (He’ll be) throwing before he wants to, sliding.”

South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney gives reporters what they want at SEC Media Days. (Associated Press)

South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney gives reporters what they want at SEC Media Days. (Associated Press)

For good measure, Clowney opined that Florida is probably the Gamecocks’ biggest obstacle to winning the SEC East this year, not the team that’s won the East two consecutive years.

“I ain’t downing Georgia because I don’t know who they got,” he said. “I just know they graduate a lot of guys off their defense. That’s why I said that. … I just know that Georgia (lost) like nine defensive starters, so they’ve gotta put people in those spots. So it’ll be tough for them.”

Mostly, it was a show of supreme confidence on Clowney’s part, but a hint of frustration (maybe even desperation?) crept in when discussing the fact that Georgia has prevailed in the East the past two years despite losing to the Gamecocks.

“I don’t understand this SEC stuff anyways,” Clowney said. “Beat them and they still go to the SEC championship. We know we can get beat them. God, it irks me. … We’ve just got to pull it out this year.”

Naturally, Clowney’s comments didn’t go over well in Athens, with a few Georgia players tweeting their umbrage. As fullback Quayvon Hicks put it: “Georgia’s respect must be taken back.”

Nothing so far from Murray, and you’re not likely to get him engaging in a tit for tat with Clowney. He has too much class.

But facts are facts: Georgia has lost three in a row to South Carolina, and Clowney was able to completely disrupt the Dogs’ offense in last year’s debacle in Columbia.

If Hicks and company don’t like hearing what Clowney has to say, all they have to do is take up the challenge that the Gamecocks’ star said he issues to opposing players rather than taunting them.

“Block me. That’s all I can say.”

Do that, and the chatter out of the Gamecocks at next year’s Media Days is likely to be considerably more restrained.

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81 comments Add your comment

AltamahaDawg

July 17th, 2013
9:32 am

Hmm, “I don’t under stand this SEC (record) stuff.”

really? because EIGHT is such an impossibly large number to break into subsets?.

Dawg_Mike

July 17th, 2013
9:41 am

Alt, he has to learn to read first. LOL

AltamahaDawg

July 17th, 2013
9:47 am

Or just pay attention. His coach JUST explained the “sec stuff” moments before.

NYCDAWGFAN

July 17th, 2013
10:30 am

Let’s be honet, Jadeveon is truly gifted. At the same time, he is still human. He can be hurt and knocked out just like everyone else. I like seeing Quayvon’s tweet because he is right. We have to take the respect back, it won’t be given to us. Matter of fact, I want to see Quayvon in at fulback and I want to see him deliver a blow to Jadeveon. Mr. Clowney will remember that big rascal running full out into him I can promise you that.

Red and Black til Death

Spike

July 17th, 2013
10:36 am

Just win, baby!

Class of '98

July 17th, 2013
11:06 am

“I don’t understand this SEC stuff anyways”.

Yes, the team with the best conference record getting to play in the SECCG is a very complicated, confusing idea, Jadeveon.

NCDawg

July 17th, 2013
12:04 pm

Well the arrogance is quite evident. I hope he likes the double teams because he will have to live with them until SC finds a credible threat on the other end. He is going to be frustrated.

Also keep in mind that Mike Bobo clearly stated that his offense will most definitely be ready for South Carolina this year.

If I were drawing up the game plan I’d run the ball right at him and have 2 easy hot reads to get the ball out of Murray’s hands quickly. But more than anything we need to run power at him, alot.

Desert Fox

July 17th, 2013
12:15 pm

Mock him all you want but this kid dismantled the dawgs offense last year and no one could block him. If GA had him the dawgs would arguably have been in the NC last year. He’ll be double teamed most of the time in this seasons contest and has to be for the dawgs to have a chance. You can bet the house the GA coaches will have a separate game plan just for Clowney. Whether or not AM fears him is mostly bravado, yet, that look on AM’s face when he’s under pressure and in tight situations on the field does build confidence in the eyes of his opponents. Only way to combat that is to stomp the SC D and not give JC a chance to change the game momentum. going to be an interesting season. Hope the dawgs prevail.

My-Guy

July 17th, 2013
12:25 pm

Spurrier & Clowney are playing NO games people, South Carolina is a MUST WIN for Georgia in Athens this year. Mark Richt & the coaching staff need to stay quiet & fired up for the game on September 7th. My prediction is that it’ll be like the Falcons vs. Panthers/Seahawks game when we have a huge lead, then the other team comes back with a late TD, but then we have a late drive for a long game winning field goal about 50 yards. Georgia vs. South Carolina 2013 will feel intense as Falcons vs. Seahawks Divisional Round and Spurs vs. Miami Game 6.

SuperChicken77

July 17th, 2013
12:26 pm

The Ole Ball Coach returns to old form this season! There will be an Air Raid in Athens…09/07/13, in Athens! Take Cover!

David

July 17th, 2013
12:30 pm

Sounds like the Clown and Carolina are geting a little to full of themselves…..

CHDawg

July 17th, 2013
12:32 pm

Almost always, in my view, the guys that do the talking end up being humbled. Even good guys. We had several guys talking before the Alabama game about how we had a better D, our top DB was talking before Boise a few years ago; it just always comes back to haunt you, it seems to me. Let Clowney and the Clemson kids talk all they want to. The Dawgs need to feed on it this summer and come out ready let the ESPN guys do their talking after the game! Go Dawgs.

AltamahaDawg

July 17th, 2013
1:03 pm

I’d imagine that Spurrier told his boys that beating Georgia would put them in the SECCG. That’s why Clowney don’t understand all that SEC stuff. They beat Georgia, that’s all they had to do.

ARdawg

July 17th, 2013
1:07 pm

Carolina, Clowney and Spurrier have earned the right to get full of themselves where the Dawgs are concerned. 3 straight is difficult to ignore. Jadevon is also living proof you don’t have to be a Junior High graduate to be big strong and fast on defense, too

dawgfan

July 17th, 2013
1:09 pm

Not much to get too in a tizzy about as far a I can tell. We could whine and cry like Tech fans about what a big fat meanie he is, but we should have more respect for ourselves than that. He’s right. The dude owns us. South Carolina owns us. Nothing we can do about it until September 7th.

Thanks.

gomdawg

July 17th, 2013
1:10 pm

Another mouth

Dawgtired34

July 17th, 2013
1:38 pm

We all know all the talking or quiet in the world doesn’t decide outcome of the games.

Main question I have is whether Dogs are ready to stop the losing to SC streak at 3, or if we have to live with 4 straight losses to Darth Visor and crew.

Even with all the turnovers, GA was looking likely to win in Athens 2 years ago before we forgot to even single team block Clowney. He got Aaron’s jersey and threw him like a rag doll and that play sealed our fate.

They don’t have Lattimore any longer. THIS is the year! We just can’t get behind early and go one dimensional with a pass only offense.

DawgInTheWoods

July 17th, 2013
1:42 pm

Georgia always has and WILL have trash talkers before the season kicks-off…trust me. Georgia has a great chance to win a NC this year and I think we will. I boldly predict a HUGE win over Clemson, SC and LSU. I am banking that Gurly runs for over 200 each of those 3 games.

IMO………..Murray should have graduated so we can go ahead and get Ramsey playing time. We need to think down the road.

Richt needs to throw some barbs in here and there……………come on Richt…get me FIRED UP! Stop acting like a sunday school teacher.

Sendintheclowns

July 17th, 2013
1:43 pm

Was a little surprised that Jadeveon spoke so candidly about getting to rival QB’s past 2 years and mentioning that they may be scared to see him again.

While there is probably some truth to that – never makes alot of sense to say that publicly… He must strongly believe he or someone else from his DL is going to continue to make house calls to the backfields of GA, Clemson etc.

RealDawg

July 17th, 2013
1:45 pm

I hate to say it but he can talk all he wants until someone can shut him up……

Kaleb Winters CDA

July 17th, 2013
1:52 pm

UGA 34
Clemson 10 F

UGA 27
South Carolina 17 F

UGA 42
LSU 0 F

UGA 31
Florida 9 F

I guarantee these wins.

McDawg

July 17th, 2013
1:53 pm

the most important player for USC when they play UGA will be Connor Shaw-stop him and his tosses to the TE (hear that JHC) and we will win the game

Owen Scott, III

July 17th, 2013
1:54 pm

We’ve made it too easy for them: High time for us to show up and play our game.

DawgFan92

July 17th, 2013
2:00 pm

I love Georgia with ALL my heart, but I am afraid that we missed our best chance at a NC last year.
I want it so badly but something tells me that this will be a subpar year………our defense will be weak I’m afraid.

Please someone make me feel better…………

DawgFan92

July 17th, 2013
2:01 pm

I am starting to feel like Fonzie in “The Waterboy”.

Silly Bloggers

July 17th, 2013
2:02 pm

He has every right to call us out…especially after last year. Honestly, we have come out of the gate three-years running looking confused and unmotivated. If this year is going to be different, we will likely all know by halftime vs. Clemson.

Like most teams, UGA gets better as the year progresses; however, we tend to have improved significantly more than opposing teams by year’s end, but that is usually because we seem to start so far behind everyone thre first quarter of the season.

dawggirl

July 17th, 2013
2:04 pm

Um, it’s not exactly rocket science, Clowney. He is lacking in intelligence.

Dawgtired34

July 17th, 2013
2:07 pm

@ DawgInTheWoods …

Please stop what you’re doing and report immediately for your drug test!

You said Gurley going to run for 200 yards vs. Clem, SC and LSU?

That’s great to hear – now why did Gurley barely rush for 20 last year against SC? (SC did not lose their entire defense…that would be us with the team in Athens…)

You also want to sit Murray who’s a Heisman candidate this year to play a freshman with zero experience? Well that’s the kind of brilliance that only happens along once in a life time…

Remember the drug test is waiting for you now.

dawggirl

July 17th, 2013
2:09 pm

Also, the crowd in Columbia last year played a huge role. Whoever is going to the game on 9/7 had better be prepared to yell their lungs out. Otherwise, don’t go.

LHarding Dawg

July 17th, 2013
2:10 pm

Ever after beating Georgia 3 tears in a row. South Carolina in the history of their program has only won two championships. The 1969 ACC championship and the 2010 SEC east. They then got the crap beat out of them by Cam and the Auburn Tigers. But they have beat us three years in a row.

DawgFan92

July 17th, 2013
2:12 pm

Please someone…………….wait (phone rings)………”Yes grandma, I am wearing my red slippers”……”Yes grandma, I took my lady medicine”…………….ok, sorry, my grandma called me.

Now, someone please give me insight on our defense and do you think we can win it all.

DawgInTheWoods

July 17th, 2013
2:15 pm

@ DawGtired34,

I gave up drugs and now I get high on LIFE!!!! Up with people!!!!!!!! Did you know the government has a car that runs on water, man!!!!………..On water, Man!!!!!! It’s a good day.

I said Good Day.

DawgInTheWoods

July 17th, 2013
2:18 pm

One day I’m gonna open up a store that sells everything special and when somebody asks me what is the special is…….I’ll say everything…

What has two thumbs and loves brownies????……..This GUY!!!

Dawgtired34

July 17th, 2013
2:18 pm

Kaleb -

I like the predictions and agree with Clemson and LSU. Sorry the LSU score not going to happen in real life, but the betting line will prob favor Dawgs by a field goal when Les Nessman “…I though turkeys could fly” Miles shows up in Athens.

Unless Murray plays the biggest games of his life, I see us losing to SC and FL this year. I don’t feel that good about the Tennessee game either because they have some serious beef and talent on both lines game is in Knoxville.

Year to have won a Natty was last year more likely than this year. I’m not sure a Natty with the SC loss / cremation asterisk would have looked to good, so I’d like it to happen this year.

Too much is riding on a young and inexperienced defense. Yeah we have the talent, but nothing Grantham has shown convinces me that he knows how to coach up new talent that quickly. (See the 350 yard rushing record our “all word defense” gave up vs AL in SEC championship for a quick review…)

Still think 2013 can be a big year, but it’s not going to be spotless on the W-L side.

George Louis Costanza

July 17th, 2013
2:20 pm

Has she got a good hue? I love a good hue….Has she got rosey cheeks???
It’s not a lie……if you believe it.

Kaleb Winters CDA

July 17th, 2013
2:24 pm

Is Florida supposed to be that good this year???

Dawgtired34

July 17th, 2013
2:30 pm

Kaleb -

FL is like us, but throw in a few more 4 / 5 star talents.

They are going to be strong where we’ll be weakest – DEFENSE.

They were ugly on offense all last year, but they will be better this year. I predict a very tight game, but one that will likely favor the stronger team on Defense and Special Teams. That will be FL in 2013 – hope I’m wrong.

2013 - Hate to be voice of reason

July 17th, 2013
2:33 pm

But our team is notoriously slow out the gates, but we finish very strong by end of season.

Problem this year is our 2013 schedule is front loaded – Clemson, SC and LSU.

Only FL comes in 2nd half of season and by then we could be out of SEC east contention.

Anyone know how our 2014 season starts up?

BuckBlue

July 17th, 2013
2:57 pm

Enter your comments here

Kaleb Winters CDA

July 17th, 2013
2:58 pm

I thought Florida was supposed to stink for the next couple of years??? I’m confused.

Kaleb Winters CDA

July 17th, 2013
2:59 pm

If we focus too much energy on Clowney………we’ll get eat up on the opposite side of him.

ARdawg

July 17th, 2013
3:18 pm

Bill King

The filters on your blog are apparently just to tight. It’s no wonder folks don’t post here like they use to. It’s gotten impossible to post anything

ARdawg

July 17th, 2013
3:20 pm

Kaleb Winters CDA

If we focus too much energy on Clowney………we’ll get eat up on the opposite side of him.
===============

The trick to that is to double up Clowney and run right at him

Dawgtired34

July 17th, 2013
4:25 pm

Key to beating Clowney is not be stuck in alot of 3rd and long situations where the QB needs more time to get the pass off.

Time is a luxury you simply don’t have when a 4.4 40 running DL is breathing down your QB’s neck.

NCDawg

July 17th, 2013
6:30 pm

DawgFan92 @ 2PM – no amount of talking we do on here will make anybody “feel” better if they start out with a negative attitude. That said:
We lost a bunch of players on defense that for the most part under performed. Some of that is due to being fed a steady diet in the off season about how great they were going to be. (See Mr.Clowney above for a strange parallel). Some of it on the D-line was a passive technique our NG’s used. A good bit of it was depth issues. We were short on bodies. But all in all they didn’t play with as much heart as they should have. (see the UF game and Shawn Williams comments for the contrast).

2 reasons to get excited about the D this year. A new D-line coach that believes in attacking and more quality depth. And they are hungry. Nobody thinks they can be as good as the NFL bound guys. Will they make mistakes?…yup. Especially early… but as the season progresses they WILL get better.

The offense will be better than last year. Do not buy into the crap that came out of spring practice about the O-line. The O-line will be good and they will have depth, something we haven’t had in a long time. Gurley is bigger than last year and we know what a beast he was then. Our receiving corps is deep and we have 2 quality TE’s. Keith Marshall will end up breaking a bunch of long plays because Bobo will dial up plays to get him in space. Swing passes and screens.
If the offense doesn’t read it’s hype it may very well be the best that has ever stepped on the field for Georgia and the SEC. They won’t put up video game numbers like some other schools do but as far as balance and sheer ability to move the football consistently, it will be very entertaining to watch.

So there is my take… I hope it makes you feel better.

NCDawg

July 17th, 2013
6:37 pm

2013 – Hate to be voice of reason @ 2:33pm – SEC schedule hasn’t been anounced but we open with Clemson in Athens…after that… prolly SC again.

Jack Bull

July 17th, 2013
6:59 pm

I must admit, AM does have that ‘Deer in the headlight’ look a lot. Very similar to Joe Cox, looking over to the sideline with bug-eyes..Never saw that out of Greene, Shockley or Stafford. They always seemed to be cool, calm and collective. Perception is everything, I guess..

8-4 this season. Can you live with it?

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

July 17th, 2013
7:28 pm

Hopefully Richt and Bobo will run up the score

65-10 would be nice

Rossville Bulldog

July 17th, 2013
7:43 pm

What did South Carolina do last year? I forgot.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

July 17th, 2013
7:49 pm

Bill King

I thought this was a great article about Aaron Murray

Glad to see how motivated he is and has been

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf–aaron-murray-haunted–driven-by-memory-of-heartbreaking-alabama-loss-204653580.html