South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says injured All-American Jadeveon Clowney is working hard so he can play against Arkansas on Saturday. Spurrier said Tuesday he will know later in the week if Clowney has recovered enough from a strained muscle to Saturday, if today’s any indicator, his status will likely again be a gametime decision.
According to the team’s twitter, Clowney is not currently practicing today in preparation for Saturday’s game against the Arkansas Razorbacks:
#Gamecocks practicing in cold rain today. Not practicing – Jadeveon Clowney, Cody Waldrop, Devin Washington.
— GoGamecocks.com (@gogamecocks) October 8, 2013
Clowney said shortly before kickoff last Saturday against the Kentucky Wildcats that he was in too much pain to play, and there have since been questions about whether the potential No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL draft was shutting it down for the season.Those are the kind of issues that cause talented players to get drafted way-below their true draft value. Anything lower than pick No. 3 would be considered that, as he’s as elite of a DE prospect as there’s been since Mario Williams went No. 1 overall in 2006.