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Jadeveon Clowney, Mike Davis return to Gamecocks practice

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South Carolina could be on their way to the SEC Championship Game appearance if Ole Miss can help them out this weekend with a win over Missouri. The hope for South Carolina is to avoid injuries the rest of the regular season while also getting some of their key players back to full strength. On Wednesday South Carolina had defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (foot) and running back Mike Davis (assorted) return to practice.

Clowney hurt his foot last week against Florida, just adding to what has been an up and down year for one of the game’s top defensive players coming in to the season. Clowney has said he will have surgery after the season as he prepares for the NFL Draft. Davis, the SEC’s leading rusher, has been banged up with injuries to his shoulder, ribs and ankle in recent games. Clowney and Davis each sat out of practice on Tuesday.

South Carolina faces Coastal Carolina this weekend, so the need to have these key players on the field is not all that high. For South Carolina, all eyes should be set on Clemson in the final week of the regular season, and if all works out the sEC Championship Game in Atlanta.

Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles (headache), safety Brison Williams (forearm), linebacker Cedrick Cooper (groin) and fullback Jordan Diaz (knee sprain) were all kept out of practice on Wednesday.

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12 Responses to “Jadeveon Clowney, Mike Davis return to Gamecocks practice”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 20, 2013 9:45 PM

    Has there been a bigger disappointment this year than Clowney?

  2. militarygamecock says: Nov 21, 2013 8:22 AM

    That depends on how one would view a defensive end. If you think that a defensive end was going to have 20 sacks, 100 tackles, and 5 interceptions, and win the heisman, then yes, he has been a huge dissapointment. However, anyone who follows football, understands the game, and understands that defensive ends do not make that high level of a contribution as say a linebacker or possibly a safety, then the answer is no.

    If you follow gamecock football you would understand that Clowney is pretty much having the same type of season as he did last year. Remember, last year he had BiG Devon Taylor on the other side who is a beast and probably just as fast as Clowney. Also, the Gamecock defense as a unit was much better last year, hence, better coverage down field, more time to get a sack.

    One more thing, 4 sacks in the last regular season game last year also helped feed the media hype, as did the one big hit in the bowl game.

    So, the logical answer to the question of the bigger disappointment i would say no. There are plenty of other options that have been bigger disappointments.

    This Gamecock team is a young team this year but they have been fun to watch. I didn’t realize after getting two losses in the SEC they would even be where they are right now. But they are, and still have chance to play an extra game in Atl, so Clowney may still put up some final entertaining numbers.

  3. benvincible says: Nov 21, 2013 8:39 AM

    Clowney just sacked the “biggest disappointment” for a loss.

  4. thegamecocker says: Nov 21, 2013 9:54 AM

    @8to89texan and benvincible

    You WISH your respective schools had JD starting for you……

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 21, 2013 11:16 AM

    @thegamecocker

    That is true. I’m not saying he’s a bad player by any means. I would love him on my team. He’s a great player that just hasn’t lived up to expectations.

    Now maybe we set those expectations at an altogether unreachable level like we often do, so it’s probably our fault that we’re disappointed but disappointed none the less.

    When you’re the first defensive player to start the season as the Heisman favorite & you’re the consensus #1 overall pick a year prior to the draft, and then have 2 sacks and 9 TFL through 9 games… it’s disappointing, whether you’re being schemed against or not.

  6. thegamecocker says: Nov 21, 2013 11:36 AM

    @8to80texans

    Despite everything you state, let’s see if JD continues to be the #1 Pick in the NFL Draft. If what you say is true and he drops lower, than maybe he didn’t have the season we all hoped for. But the NFL is not blind to two on one or even three on one that JD has faced all year long. Most of the time they run the play away from his side; sometimes when he bull rushes and a running play is called, he will miss the runner entirely b/c he’s already in the backfield. Anyway, their is still Clemson coming up along with a potential game in the SEC Championship and a bowl game. Long way to go…..

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 21, 2013 11:49 AM

    Again, you are defending why his production isn’t up to our collective expectations this year. I’m just saying his production hasn’t been up to our collective expectations and it’s disappointing from an overall CFB fan perspective.

  8. thegamecocker says: Nov 21, 2013 12:11 PM

    Ok, I got the point. You’re correct….he’s not having the kind of season the hype generated. Here is where we differ: you are disappointed while I’m OK with it. We can agree to disagree. But I respect your opinion. The Gamecocker

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 21, 2013 12:27 PM

    Touche

  10. jtbsteeler says: Nov 21, 2013 3:25 PM

    Can’t wait to beat the Taters 5 times in a row.
    #own

  11. darednek says: Nov 23, 2013 9:58 AM

    It’s not about the double triple teaming and chip blocks. Pay attention: you might learn something here…
    The average time to throw for opposing quarterbacks Bryn Renner, Aaron Murray, Austyn Carta-Samuels, and Blake Bortles measures 2.15 seconds when Clowney is rushing. This was just the first 4 games. Nobody has done the times for the other games yet. Those same quarterbacks got rid of the ball in an average 2.63 seconds with Clowney off the field. Compare the average time to throw Clowney faces to that of NFL rushers. The quarterback who’s quickest to get the ball out of his hands in the NFL through four weeks in 2013 is Matthew Stafford at an average of 2.24 seconds. The median of all 32 quarterbacks is 2.72. That’s a far cry from the 2.15 average Jadeveon Clowney sees. So… JD is expected to get through 2 or 3 linemen, then get through a chip block from a RB, then tackle a QB in 2.15 seconds. The fact is… It’s easy to plan a game around 1 single defender. That’s y no one ever wins the Heisman as a defensive player. D players do not direct the direction of a play. So to respond to yer comment. ANY defensive player hyped by the media the way Clowney has been will be a statistical disappointment, but don’t for a second think he hasn’t had the biggest impact on any single game of any player in CFB this year.

  12. darednek says: Nov 23, 2013 10:02 AM

    Anyone who is disappointed in Clowney doesn’t understand football. I’m not a coach but I could plan a game around Clowney. Not that hard…. In the NFL he will be a different story. U can’t plan around one guy in the NFL. There are 3 other greats lined up beside him. Everyone will see next year…

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