Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Jadeveon Clowney: I'm fully committed to South Carolina

Georgia v South Carolina

Despite some critics suggesting that he has one eye on the NFL, South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney claims that he is committed to helping his team win, and adds that he isn't sitting out games in an attempt to protect his high draft status.

“I’m not looking to sit out. I’m not that type of guy. I’m fully committed and I’m here for the team,” Clowney said. “I’m in college. I’m playing for this university right now.”

Clowney drew considerable criticism after missing last Saturday's game against Kentucky with a rib injury. After the game, head coach Steve Spurrier questioned Clowney's desire to play, and revealed that he was somewhat surprised the All-American didn't suit up. This is because Clowney reportedly didn't tell anyone he was planning to sit the game out until just prior to kick-off.

“It was just really a miscommunication between me and the coaches and trainers. I should have handled it different,” Clowney said.

Now that the dust has settled a bit, Spurrier admitted that he could have handled the situation better himself.

“If he never plays another snap here, we all should be thankful and appreciative that he came to South Carolina,” Spurrier said. “He’s played his part tremendously. I think we’re 26-5 since he suited up for South Carolina. I’m all for Jadeveon and his future. And when he’s ready to play we’re going to put him out there.”

Clowney's 2013 campaign has been a disappointment up onto this point. The junior was once considered to be a contender for the Heisman Trophy, but injuries and lackluster performance have limited him to just 12 tackles and two sacks thus far.

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