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Jadeveon Clowney is ‘fully committed’ to South Carolina

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A day after his coach seemed to call into question his commitment to playing football, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said that he was “fully committed” to the Gamecocks and that he had not played his last collegiate game.

Clowney missed South Carolina’s last game against Kentucky, citing a rib injury. This caused Steve Spurrier to unleash a torrent of snark in his direction during the post-game press conference.

“I will just say he told me he couldn’t play. That his ribs hurt, couldn’t run. Said ‘I can’t play.’ I said, that’s fine, you don’t have to play. We’ll move on. He may not be able to play next week, I don’t know. We’re not going to worry about it, I can assure you that if he wants to play, we’ll welcome him to come play for the team if he wants to.

“If he doesn’t want to play, he doesn’t have to play, simple as that. We were thinking he was going to suit up and play. He did not practice Thursday. Couldn’t run. Said he couldn’t play. Any time a player says he’s hurt, can’t play, who are we to question? He doesn’t play.”

Clowney is listed as questionable for this coming Saturday’s game at Arkansas.

The controversy can’t be helping Clowney’s draft status, especially with his production so low and seemingly tied to the perception that he’s not going all-out when he plays. In four games, Clowney has 12 tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks, a far cry from what was expected of him.  And, no, it’s not because he is being double-and-triple teamed on every play.

What we have here is yet another case of a guy being overhyped and then that hype being overtaken by events.

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15 Responses to “Jadeveon Clowney is ‘fully committed’ to South Carolina”
  1. lsuzilla says: Oct 8, 2013 7:53 PM

    Guy is turning into a cancer. If Spurrier had any guys he’d kick him off the team.

  2. cappa662 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:05 PM

    You didn’t see what happened to Marcus Lattimore??!?!?! Went from first round pick to late 4th round pick!!?!?! Why would you subject yourself to that!?!?!

  3. sfsugator says: Oct 8, 2013 8:49 PM

    Fully committed to breakin bread

  4. jonkybon says: Oct 8, 2013 9:35 PM

    Lattimore is a RB, Clowney is a DE. The DE is supposed to do the hitting, while offensive skill people get hit. Can’t compare the two or hadn’t you ‘herd’?

  5. mediocrebob says: Oct 8, 2013 10:31 PM

    You play bc you’re part of a team. You’re getting a free education (plus more I’m sure) and you’re playing for/with your “brothers”.

    Hurts your draft stock just as much pulling this stuff as it would injuring yourself. At least if you’re going balls out and get injured teams know that you’re reliable and will rehab your injury. Can’t rehab a selfish attitude IMO.

    Clowney seems to be a selfish premadonna . If I’m a Gamecock fan, I’d rather move on.

  6. jets12 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:54 PM

    Jonkybon = liar & coward

  7. beaverdam21 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:53 PM

    UNC is having a down year but they have at least one highlight, making him look totally, really totally ineffective on national tv when he was supposed to come in and terrorize everybody. Maybe that one tackle they kept showing was overdone a bit.

  8. coryfor3 says: Oct 9, 2013 12:45 AM

    The OBC has to backtrack if he wants to continue to get elite recruits. Back em no matter what.

  9. justanobserver says: Oct 9, 2013 1:13 AM

    @beaverdam21

    MAYBE?????????

    Seriously, I couldn’t agree more with your post.

    When looking at the replay of the hit on the Michigan running back, I always thought it looked more as though Clown was reacting in such a way as to say, “Whoa … how did I get here and what did I just run into?

    USC would be better off without his distraction.

  10. floridacock says: Oct 9, 2013 8:17 AM

    This is the most stupid discussion ever , made because the press and non fans of Carolina don’t know what they are talking about. The man is a college KID, committed to his team and team mates, who plays football and is hurt. Period. Never heard ANY talk of Bridgewater, Boyd or any of the other 150+ players who will be drafted sitting out to wait for a draft. STUPID! Get a life folks.

  11. bstras2809 says: Oct 9, 2013 8:48 AM

    You don’t heard that about others because frankly, they need this year to convince people. Everyone was convinced (myself included) that he was the best (may still be). The problem isn’t sitting out as much as it is that he said he WOULDN’T before the season and now he is. Not a cock fan but I live in Columbia and let me tell you, dude’s given up on the school.

  12. jets12 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:44 AM

    The “dude” hasn’t given up on anything. He is hurt plain and simple. He will play again when he is able to. If you have an injury that keeps you from playing you don’t play. He has been playing this year with a bad foot. The muscle pull kept him out of last weeks game. May keep him out this week. Not “sitting out” but couldn’t go due to an injury. Not difficult to understand.

  13. atlwmn says: Oct 9, 2013 11:51 AM

    @floridacock: how many oxymorons can you have in one sentence: “The man is a college KID”?

    If you are old enough to go to college, you are an adult. Period. I’d argue about him being a man with his attitude, but he’s certainly not a child. He is old enough to put his team before his own selfish needs and play like a man with something to earn for himself. He’s just showing his a** now.

  14. jets12 says: Oct 9, 2013 2:02 PM

    Exactly what has he done to show his a**? The medical staff has confirmed the muscle pull. He is being selfish how?

  15. spacemaker101 says: Oct 9, 2013 6:01 PM

    Hahaha dude sits out one week…. Remember he’s playing football… Not just watching it and writing ab it.. Lmao at everyone on here arguing ab it. Dude doesn’t seem like a little b*tch.. that’s just me tho

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