Thus far in 2013, Jadeveon Clowney has yet to have the type of impact that most thought he would have, an expected impact that had him at the center of the preseason Heisman talk.
Perhaps, though, there’s a very good medical explanation for that.
Following South Carolina’s win over Vanderbilt Saturday, the All-American defensive end acknowledged that a foot issue that hampered him last season is bothering him again this year. Clowney has dealt with bone spurs since his high school days, and the player said that he will continue playing through the pain.
“It’s painful,” Clowney said according to the Spartanburg Herald Journal. “I’m out here playing on it though. I’m just trying to give it everything I’ve got. …
“It only bothers me when I’m out there. It just builds up pain. The more I keep going the more it bothers me.”
Following the season, however, Clowney, who will likely leave eligibility on the table to enter the 2014 NFL draft, said he will undergo a medical procedure to get his right foot “cleaned out.”
Through three games, Clowney is tied for ninth on the Gamecocks in tackles (10); leads in sacks (two); and is third in tackles for loss (three). The junior’s not in the Top 60 nationally in either of the latter two impact categories.