The drama surrounding South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney just won’t stop.
First, Clowney was hyped by everyone in the world of sports media to no end throughout the offseason. Of course, there was good reason for the hype. As a sophomore, Clowney had 13 sacks and at 6’7 and 274 lbs., he looks like one of the best defensive prospects the NFL has seen in some time.
After a lackluster effort in South Carolina’s opener, a 27-10 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels, Clowney’s effort (or apparent lack thereof according to some) came under fire.
His lack of production (two sacks in four games) has been widely documented and when he missed the Gamecocks’ 35-28 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday, the whole world seemingly turned against him.
On Tuesday, Gamecocks’ head coach Steve Spurrier defended Clowney, legitimized his injury and said the entire situation was handled poorly.
Although Clowney missed practice again Tuesday, he responded to critics that said he was looking to sit out games so he remained healthy for the 2014 NFL draft.
“I’m not looking to sit out. I’m not that type of guy. I’m fully committed I’m here for the team,” Clowney said via Pro Football Talk. “I’m in college. I’m playing for this university right now.”
Clowney and the Gamecocks will travel to Arkansas to take on the 3-3 Razorbacks on Saturday at 12:21 pm EST.