Jadeveon Clowney admits he didn’t practice hard last year

Oct 12, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; South Carolina Gamecock defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) greets the crowd following a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. South Carolina defeated Arkansas 52-7. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney came into this year with incredible amounts of hype, but he has failed to live up to expectations in the eyes of most fans. To be fair, Clowney has made a huge impact on every game he has played in though it doesn’t always show up in the box score, but he recently made some comments that should worry NFL scouts and general managers.

There have been concerns about Clowney’s conditioning and work ethic, so when he recently told the New York Times that he didn’t practice hard last year it raised a serious red flag.

Clowney said:

“My practice habits have picked up way more than they did last year. Last year, I really didn’t practice real hard. This year, I came in with a different mind-set, like I want to be that guy, I want to have no flaws in my game.”

No matter how many concerns there are from NFL personnel, we all know that scouts will fall in love with him when they see his raw talent in pre-draft workouts. Clowney may not be the clear No. 1 prospect he once was, but he will still go high.

The only question will be how high?

The deciding factor will be whether or not teams feel they can motivate Clowney to stay at the top of his game and if they can get rid of the bad habits he learned during his time in college.

 

Topics: Football, Jadeveon Clowney, Sec Football, South Carolina Gamecocks

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  • RammerJammin

    “The deciding factor will be whether or not teams feel they can motivate Clowney to stay at the top of his game”

    Pretty sure millions of dollars will be the only motivation he needs.

  • ronbad1

    He should have choosen BAMA. Saban would never have let his work ethic wane and He would have 2 or 3 NC rings and be the undisputed #1 pick.

  • Gamecock Fan

    “Bad habits he learned during his time in college.”

    It sounds like he is actually learning good habits in college if he didn’t practice hard enough last year and has now learned that he has to practice harder in order to be the leader and elite player he wants to be. It seems like he was so far ahead of the competition he faced in HS that he didn’t have to form great practice habits there, so he relied on raw talent. And his raw talent was so great that it was able to carry him through his first two years in college. But, raw talent isn’t enough to become a true on the field leader, which is what he’s becoming for this defense. And raw talent won’t keep him excelling when the nagging injuries that come with the game, especially his position, start slowing down that incredible burst, only great technique will do that, and he knows that now. He’s learning that his game has flaws and he has to eliminate them.

  • Rate Dermatologist

    Clowney needs to stay one year longer in college ball. He needs to to not only secure his spot at the top, but to get in better shape and spirit. We don’t need to see another failed top pick

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