The South Carolina Gamecocks are set to open their season on August 29 against the North Carolina Tar Heels, but the team could be without their biggest star. Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier said that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who has been dealing with a bruised shoulder, could be held out of the game if he does not soon return to the practice field.
Spurrier delivered the message to the media and it clear and to the point.
“If (Clowney’s shoulder) doesn’t come around real soon, we may play without him the first game,” Spurrier said, via Josh Kendall of The State. “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.”
Clowney is a Heisman front-runner coming in to the year, so he will likely want to avoid missing any games. If he was nursing the injury in hopes of sitting out the two-a-days, he wasn’t sneaking that past Spurrier. Hopefully for Clowney, he receives Spurrier’s message and improves so that he can begin practicing immediately.