Jadeveon Clowney sat out South Carolina’s 35-28 win over Kentucky Saturday night with a rib injury. I’ve lost count how many times Clowney has been slowed by an ailment this season – three? Four? – but his coach, Steve Spurrier, appears to have had enough of the injuries that have limited the All-American to just three tackles for loss, two sacks, and one forced fumble (last year: 23.5, 13, three, respectively). Here’s what Spurrier told the media Saturday night:
Spurrier on Clowney: “If he wants to play, we will welcome him to come play for the team if he wants.”
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 6, 2013
Remember all those gushy stories in August about Clowney? About how he wasn’t going to sit out the season because he loved football, and how he was going to live up to the hype of The Hit and how there would be no dropoff in his play even though he was a Top 5 draft lock?
Well, they were all wrong. Injuries or not, Clowney has looked disinterested at times, and isn’t anything like the terror he was last year. What does he have to prove? Nothing. He’s a top 5 pick if he never plays another down for the Gamecocks. Yes, he might have been better off not playing this season.
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