Throughout the first two games of the college football season, South Carolina Gamecocks star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has recorded just six tackles and a sack. With all of the hype surrounding Clowney coming in to the season, that has viewers people overly critical and disappointed with how he has performed to start the year.
Not only are those watching the games frustrated with Clowney, but the man dubbed as the best defensive prospect in the past decade is also disappointed. However, his frustration appears to be with the coaching staff.
Following the team’s loss to the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, Clowney expressed some unhappiness with how he is being used in the team’s system.
“I told the coaches you got to put me somewhere else,” Clowney said.
Let’s hope that this doesn’t cause a rift between Clowney and the Gamecocks. He is too good of a player to cause drama off the field that would overshadow what he is doing on it.
The real concern for Clowney comes with his foot injury and conditioning — not how he is being used.
In Week One, Clowney appeared gassed early and often. He blamed the foot injury that stopped him from practicing for a portion of the South Carolina camp and a sickness for his lack of conditioning and in Week 2 he was once again hobbled with the foot injury.
It may not be how Clowney wanted to start the season, but there are still plenty of games left to play.
All it will take is a few big plays for everyone to forget about the slow start and for Clowney to once again be happy with how he is being used.