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Snarky Spurrier: Clowney could miss opener vs. Tar Heels

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Jadeveon Clowney’s bid to become the first strictly defensive player to win a Heisman Trophy could be delayed due to injury.  Or the Ol’ Ball Coach could be sending a message to his star player.

One of the two.

Regardless, the All-American defensive end and odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 overall player selected in next April’s NFL draft has been dealing with a shoulder injury that’s kept him in and out of practice over the past several days.  He also dealt with a knee issue early on in camp.

In statements made to the media following another Clowney-less practice Monday, head coach Steve Spurrier indicated that, if the defensive lineman doesn’t get back on the field soon, he could be held out of the season opener against North Carolina in less than three weeks.

And he did it in a way that only Spurrier could do.

“[I]f (Clowney’s shoulder) doesn’t come around real soon, we may play without him the first game,” Spurrier said according to Josh Kendall of The State newspaper, with the OBC adding what appears to be a little dig in the general direction of several players sidelined with health issues — including one of the best football players in the country.

“We’ve got a bunch of hurt guys who act like they are really hurt so right now they may not play. … I’ll handle those guys. We’re not depending on them. We can still field a team.”

Never change, OBC.  Never change

Our guess?  Much to the consternation of the Tar Heels and their fans, No. 7 will be on the field wreaking his unique brand of havoc when the Gamecocks host UNC Aug. 29.

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11 Responses to “Snarky Spurrier: Clowney could miss opener vs. Tar Heels”
  1. JeffFisherandPeterKingEatIceCreamandRideTandemBikesTogether says: Aug 12, 2013 10:27 PM

    Wrist injury from signing so many autographs and backs of checks?

  2. carussel88 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:51 PM

    North Carolina? Not worried…. Georgia, better suit him up.

  3. canetic says: Aug 12, 2013 11:20 PM

    Love the OBC!

  4. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 12, 2013 11:52 PM

    I am sure glad LSU does not have to play USC at Columbia this season. I hope somehow a few of my favorite NFL teams trade to get the top pick and select JC. Keep it up, OBC!

    Maybe the ‘Canes will schedule USC? or TAMU? or LSU? or Bama?

  5. ncsportsfan says: Aug 13, 2013 6:39 AM

    Either way, with him or without him….Hurst is not scared.

  6. classyjacklambert says: Aug 13, 2013 7:28 AM

    @alligatorsnapper
    Why would LSU play USC at Columbia any season? That would be an odd choice for a neutral game location considering no place named Columbia is nice.

  7. floridacock says: Aug 13, 2013 8:05 AM

    @classyjacklambert
    Shame the ignorant and uninformed camp out in these forums. Nothing neutral about it. LSU played Carolina last year in LSU. Normally the game would rotate to Columbia this year, but the schedule is changing to accommodate the 2 new schools.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 13, 2013 12:28 PM

    @floridacock

    He’s either making a Southern Cal dig and sarcastically assuming that when he said USC he meant Southern Cal…. or he’s a few fries short of a Happy Meal… alledgedly

  9. classyjacklambert says: Aug 13, 2013 12:36 PM

    Yeah 8to8 pretty much nailed it with both assumptions.

  10. gborange says: Aug 13, 2013 1:23 PM

    I’m calling bullsh*t on that one!

  11. florida727 says: Aug 14, 2013 11:37 AM

    Clowney will play against UNC for one simple reason: they won’t want the second game against Georgia to be his first game experience of the season. The Georgia game is a “two-game swing” game. Lose that one and the winner has the tiebreaker to get into the SEC title game. Does the Old Ball Coach really want that important of a game to be Clowney’s first of the season? I don’t think so.

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