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Jadeveon Clowney frustrated, but still having impact

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Jadeveon Clowney has plenty of reasons to be frustrated about his start to the 2013 season. After a winding down camp by being challenged by head coach Steve Spurrier, Clowney was lacking in highlight film material in a Thursday night game against North Carolina. On Saturday the Gamecocks gave up 41 points to Georgia in a key SEC East match-up. After the game Clowney took some time to vent.

Asked about his reaction following the loss to Georgia, Clowney said “Very frustrating. I told coach ‘man, you gotta put me somewhere else, in the middle, somewhere where I can make some plays,” according to  Michael Haney of Columbia, South Carolina radio station 107.5 The Game. Clowney went on to admit Georgia managed to take him out of the game, by diverting the offense away from him as often as possible and adding extra blockers to keep him from breaking through in to the back field. At times Clowney broke through anyway, but the offensive game plan employed by the Bulldogs and North Carolina has had one constant; play away from Clowney.

From an offensive point of view, it makes total sense. Clowney is among the top defensive players in the game, so why would any offense want to try to challenge him directly? It makes zero sense. What offenses are doing is recognizing where Clowney is lining up and running plays that quickly move away from him on the opposite side of the field or are designed to get rid of the football after Clowney makes his move in to the backfield, freeing up space beyond his assignment.

While Clowney may be lacking on the highlights fans are anticipating and starving for after watching his hit against Michigan on a near loop this entire offseason, he should also see how he is impacting the game. Scouts will surely notice this and take that in to consideration before the 2014 NFL Draft. Clowney will continue to have that sort of impact for the remainder of the season, and there will also be opportunities to break free regardless of what the opposing offense attempts to do.

Clowney will have some highlights before the year is done. It is just a matter of “when,” not “if.”

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15 Responses to “Jadeveon Clowney frustrated, but still having impact”
  1. longtallsam says: Sep 8, 2013 8:03 PM

    I said before the season began, Clowney didn’t really have a chance to win the Heisman. I knew teams would stay away from his side of the ball, and really make it hard for him to make the highlight plays. And unless someone else on the defensive line starts making plays, Clowney’s stats aren’t going to be that impressive, even though he is impacting the game.

  2. udub says: Sep 8, 2013 8:11 PM

    Clowney is great, but that’s it. The worst thing that happened to him was ESPN replaying that Michigan hit over and over and over.

    If that RB just put his helmet on correctly it wouldn’t have popped off, Clowney would have knocked him down recovered the fumble, ESPN would have played it for 5 Sportscenters and thats it. He’d play out this year, be the #1 pick and live happily ever after.

    ESPN replaying it 4,556,281 times made him into a superhuman freak. He had no where to go but down from there.

    2 games, 1 sack, no highlights and now he’s a bum. He’s just the same great Clowney pre-Michigan hit though

  3. visesales says: Sep 8, 2013 8:18 PM

    Not a big fan-looks like a media blitz for a 1st-timer (Defensive lineman winning Heisman)… Watched the game..he did nothing special 1 sack… he lined up on right & left side…they ran at him a good bit even the big throw by the QB of GA Clowney got blocked into that direction & still missed the tackle….he should have kept his mouth shut-the whole QBs are scared of me was what did him in… still will be making BIG $$$ at end of year…might possibly be taking plays off so he dont get hurt….

  4. michiganstillsucks says: Sep 8, 2013 8:23 PM

    He is too dumb and lazy. Not special at all

  5. thebigtim2012 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:40 PM

    Wow there must be a whole lot of blissful commenters here. You know the old saying ignorance is bliss. “Nothing special”. Teams are forced to game plan around him the entire game. He commands double and triple team blocking and he still manages to penetrate sometimes. Teams don’t run to his side. He’s not going to have stats this year period, but every defensive coordinator will see his impact on the game. You guys keep looking at his stats, and then wonder why he still gets drafted number one.

  6. ncsportsfan says: Sep 8, 2013 8:56 PM

    James Hurst ate his lunch all night. But a 5* senior OT should do well. Oh yeah…Jon Heck wore him out too….a freshman 3*. Go HYPE! I mean espn.

  7. pedagoguish says: Sep 9, 2013 12:02 AM

    Clowney is certainly a very fine defender, but he is somewhat overrated. Go back and watch the Michigan game in its entirety. Throughout most of the game Clowney is handled effectively one-on-one by Taylor Lewan.

    Of course he’s frustrated. He can’t beat a double team, and he can’t out-muscle a quality offensive left tackle. Sorry, Jadeveon. No Heisman for you!

  8. thebigtim2012 says: Sep 9, 2013 6:58 AM

    He is overrated. If you listen to the way some pundits talk about him he’s faster than a speeding bullet and can fly. Beyond that he is very damn quick and that’s what he uses more than strength he doesn’t try to “outmuscle” an o lineman he tries to beat him with with speed. That’s kinda the whole point of a d end. Trying to out muscle takes to long you need to be fast into the backfield not try to battle the guy. You are correct no Hiesman it’s a popularity contest based on stats not based on the best player.

  9. wabbitslayer says: Sep 9, 2013 7:00 AM

    41 points.

  10. psly2124 says: Sep 9, 2013 7:40 AM

    Do people even watch the games that he’s played. He is NOT getting double teamed. The OT at North Carolina beat him up all game. He stood him up and moved him many times. Clowney takes every other play off. He plays when he wants to play. I have never seen a”great” player take himself out if a game in 3rd and 4th downs like this lazy kid does. Whenever a player is getting the best of him, he fakes an injury. Against North Carolina it was a hamstring and Georgia it was his foot. What will it be this week against Vanderbilt. I have a feeling it will be a shoulder. He hasn’t used that lame excuse yet.

  11. polegojim says: Sep 9, 2013 8:15 AM

    Living in the past… don’t great players figure out how to make plays where ever they’re lined up?

    The ‘Michigan’ hit was on a 175 lb guy… looked sensational… but not remarkable. With a running start and unblocked… nothing tremendous about it.

    Now he’s struggling against guys his own size. Where’s the super-stardom in that?

  12. mogogo1 says: Sep 9, 2013 10:45 AM

    He was bound to disappoint this year simply because the expectations were built on him causing a turnover on every single play.

    He has the potential to be better in the pros than college simply because there will be better players around him plus his talents will benefit from the more complicated pro schemes. Still trying to figure out what the scheme was for the Georgia game. They played him in one spot for most of the game which let Georgia better account for him.

  13. 11inthebox says: Sep 9, 2013 10:54 AM

    psly2124 says:

    Do people even watch the games that he’s played. He is NOT getting double teamed. The OT at North Carolina beat him up all game. He stood him up and moved him many times. Clowney takes every other play off. He plays when he wants to play. I have never seen a”great” player take himself out if a game in 3rd and 4th downs like this lazy kid does. Whenever a player is getting the best of him, he fakes an injury. Against North Carolina it was a hamstring and Georgia it was his foot. What will it be this week against Vanderbilt. I have a feeling it will be a shoulder. He hasn’t used that lame excuse yet.
    ——————
    Yeah, Clowney sucks. The great defensive ends–like Bruce Smith and Reggie White averaged five sacks a game, broke the necks of the offensive linemen, and picked the running backs up and tossed them to the sidelines…

    oh, wait.. no one does all that. But its fun to pretend that’s the standard, huh?

  14. jonkybon says: Sep 9, 2013 11:04 AM

    Clowney is out of shape and read too many of his own press clipping that proclaimed him “Super Bowl MVP”. Even this site lists half the Clowney stories on the PFT side. Fact remains, he’s a talented athlete (when in shape) and dumb as dirt. Or hadn’t you ‘herd?’

  15. onlyoneleft says: Sep 9, 2013 2:35 PM

    Clowney is just like his coach. A belly ached

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