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Clowney, Spurrier Address DE's Absence From Saturday's Game

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All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney did notpractice on Tuesday, but spoke with the media about the events that unfoldedlast Saturday night when he did not play against Kentucky due to a musclestrain around his ribcage. “It was a miscommunication between me and thecoaches and the trainer. I should have handled it different.” Clowney indicatedhe originally suffered the injury during the UCF game, and aggravated it onWednesday during practice. 

Clowney put a stop to those who feel he should take therest of the year off. “That’s people’s opinion. I’m out here with my team everyday, practicing with my team. People can say what they want to say. They’re nothere. They’re not in the locker room or around the coaching staff with us. Iknow what’s going on around here. We’re 4-1 and just trying to keep winninggames. That’s all we can do.” 

Clowney remains questionable for the Arkansas game anddoes not know when he’ll return, but has been getting regular treatment fromthe athletics training staff. “It depends on how I’m feeling. It’s botheringme. I can’t really run right now. When I start back running, I will be outthere.” 

Clowney confirmed he is still committed to the team. “Iknow my situation with the team. Our goals are still out there for us. Idedicate myself to this team and this university. I’m just going to do what Ihave to do to get better and come back out there and play. 

“I enjoy playing (football),” added Clowney. “I come outhere every day since I’ve been here. You all should know that by now. I justtake it one day at a time. I’m in college. I’m playing for this universityright now. I’m going to do that and get ready for the future. I’m not lookingpast this week. We’ve got Arkansas coming up. I’m here to play for my team andmy university. 

“I haven’t played my last game yet,” noted Clowney. “Iwill be back on the field. I just don’t know how long it will take to get backbut I’m going to be back playing. I’m going to keep doing my thing, keepplaying football and moving forward.” 

 

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says 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.

Spurrier says if Clowney doesn't play another down for the 14th-ranked Gamecocks, the junior has made a tremendous impact on the program.

Since the 6-foot-6, 274-pound defensive end said shortly before kickoff last Saturday against Kentucky that he was in too much pain to play, there have been questions about whether the potential No. 1 pick in next year's NFL draft was shutting it down for the season.

Spurrier says he, Clowney and the training staff all handled things poorly after the Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1) beat Kentucky 35-28.



 

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