11/16/2013 - South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney limped off the field in the second quarter against Florida on Saturday night. Clowney rolled around on the turf in pain as Gamecocks trainers rushed out to help. He got up after a few minutes and was helped to the sidelines, limping with a right leg injury. Clowney was then looked at by team doctors on the sidelines.
Last year's Southeastern Conference player of the year had just two sacks and 6 1-2 tackles for loss this season. Clowney has had injury issues this season. He took himself out of last month's game with Kentucky because of muscle strain around his ribs. The 6-foot-6, 274-pound junior is also dealing with bone spurs in his right foot, a condition he's had since high school. - AP Sports
11/11/2013 - TOP 10 SCARIEST PLAYERS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 4. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DL: The 6-6, 278-pound junior is not putting up numbers like he did last season as he's battled through some nagging injuries, but Clowney's still be a major headache who must be accounted for in opponents' game plans. Clowney still has 6.5 TFLs, a forced fumble and seven QB hurries and looks like he's ready to crank up the heat the last month of the season. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
10/21/2013 - Clowney's dominance overshadowed in upset loss to Tennessee...The Vols kept up the momentum by scoring a second touchdown on their next drive after a stagnant South Carolina offense went three and out. The Gamecocks' longest drive of the game resulted in zero points as Elliott Fry missed a 45-yard field goal. Clowney nearly gave South Carolina the ball back, knifing into the backfield to wrap up Neal for another tackle for loss. Perhaps used to being hit before he made the line of scrimmage, Neal reacted quickly, pushing the ball towards Worley as Clowney took him to the ground. After conferring for several seconds, the officials ruled that Neal's fumble (which was recovered by South Carolina) was instead a pass attempt that allowed the Vols to kneel down and take their 17-7 lead into the half.
Critics will point out that Clowney wasn't as statistically productive in the second half (three tackles), but those who watched the game saw the South Carolina star continue to make disruptive plays. Give Tennessee head coach Butch Jones some credit. Entering this game, Jones' teams were a combined 42-2 when leading at halftime and the Vols adjusted with quicker passes and the vast most of their runs going right (away from Clowney). Running backs were also often kept in to chip against Clowney in the second half. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/21/2013 - Clowney's dominance overshadowed in upset loss to Tennessee...Much has been made of Clowney's less-than-ideal production entering this contest. As was demonstrated in this contest, Clowney's value lies with his ability to impact the play-calling and personnel opponents use against South Carolina, rather than something as simple as his own statistics. Some long-time talent evaluators have recently characterized him as overrated. Some of this "scouting" has centered on some of the other talented South Carolina defenders Clowney has played with, many whom have since struggled to duplicate their collegiate success in the NFL.
While Clowney clearly hasn't been the dominant force we've all grown to expect, a variety of circumstances (including injury) may be playing a role in his posting "just" 14 tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks in five games. Though Tennessee ultimately outlasted South Carolina, Clowney established yet again why he's a dominant prospect whose ability to impact the game on every snap will make him the first defender selected in the 2014 NFL draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/21/2013 - Clowney's dominance overshadowed in upset loss to Tennessee...Clowney's explosiveness isn't limited to just his legs. He used his trademark swim move to great effectiveness, causing Richardson and other would-be Tennessee blockers (like senior left guard Alex Bullard) to simply whiff as he soared his arm over their heads to slip into the backfield in a blink. He also showed off his power, simply bull-rushing Richardson deep into the pocket, at times. Whatever questions scouts may have had about Clowney's motor in other contests, they couldn't question his competitiveness in this contest, as South Carolina's star defender strung out plays wide against the running game and pursued with passion yards downfield. He also got his hands up in the passing lanes when he wasn't able to collapse the pocket.
While Clowney's talent was as obvious in this matchup as any game this season, the defender wasn't without his mistakes. On several occasions, he broke into the backfield to hit running backs for a potential loss but slipped off. Worse, Clowney was called for a personal foul penalty for grabbing the face mask of running back Rajion Neal resulted in a first and goal for the Vols to extend their first drive of the second quarter. Replays showed that Clowney cleared grabbed Neal's facemask but he appeared to do so inadvertently while he stuffed the running back for what would have been his fourth tackle for loss of the first half. Instead, Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley took advantage of Clowney's mistake, hitting wideout Alton Howard to give Tennessee a 10-7 lead. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/21/2013 - Clowney's dominance overshadowed in upset loss to Tennessee...On a day that could be described as Showdown Saturday for the number of tantalizing one on one matchups between highly regarded NFL prospects, the feature attraction held up to the hype. Lining up opposite the most talented left tackle he'll face this year, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney demonstrated the exceptional burst off the snap, lateral agility and array of pass rush moves which has kept the 6-foot-5, 272-pound Clowney atop my Big Board and as the first defender on NFLDraftScout.com's rankings.
In one half of dominant football, Clowney may have silenced his increasingly vocal critics, registering four tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss. Frankly, the numbers don't do him justice. Two other big hits behind the line of scrimmage over the first 30 minutes nearly resulted in what would have been the most dominant half of football of Clowney's career.
Unlike most collegiate pass rushers, Clowney owns a complete game, based on spectacular athleticism and refined technique. He complements his speed rush with a terrific interior move and has the strength, toughness and vision to star against the run, as well. Clowney beat the shockingly athletic Richardson with his initial explosiveness, as well as the same quick jab-step right, cut back inside move which resulted in the Clowney's famous collision with Michigan running back Vincent Smith in last year's Outback Bowl victory. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/12/2013 - Jadeveon Clowney didn't make a tackle in the first three quarters of his return to action for No. 14 South Carolina on Saturday. South Carolina didn't need the junior defensive end to. The Gamecocks' defense dominated despite Clowney finishing with just one tackle, holding Arkansas to just 248 yards while cruising to a 52-7 win at Razorback Stadium. Clowney, playing for the first time in two weeks after missing the Kentucky win with a muscle strain near his rib area, was often double-teamed during the game. The 6-foot-6, 274-pounder played into the early stages of the fourth quarter in the blowout.
South Carolina (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) trailed 7-0 less than three minutes into the game, then scored the final 52 points en route to its largest margin of victory in an SEC road game in coach Steve Spurrier's nine-year tenure. Gamecocks senior quarterback Conner Shaw was sharp while playing a little more than three quarters, completing 19 of 28 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns in addition to rushing for another score. SEC-leading rusher Mike Davis ran for 63 of his game-high 128 yards in the first quarter as South Carolina had its way with the Arkansas defense through the air and on the ground. The Gamecocks racked up 537 yards and held the ball for 43:25 in the game. - The Sports Xchange
10/10/2013 - Clowney expected to start Saturday...All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will start Saturday for No. 14 South Carolina at Arkansas as long as he's healthy. Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward announced Clowney's status on Thursday after practice. Clowney completed a second straight day of practice after sitting out earlier in the week with a strained muscle near his ribcage. He also missed last Saturday's game against Kentucky, deciding at the last minute that he was not healthy enough to play and angering coach Steve Spurrier.
Ward said Clowney has received treatment for the injury and that he's preparing to return to action on Saturday. "I think he's getting better every day," Ward said. "He's doing everything in his power to be ready to play." There was speculation that Clowney was finished for the season to make sure he doesn't hurt his potential No. 1 pick status in next year's NFL Draft, but Clowney disputed that arlier this week. "Regardless of what people say, I've been behind my team my whole life," he said. "I dedicate myself to this team and this university, that's why I chose to come here. - The Sports Xchange
10/09/2013 - Clowney remains committed to Gamecocks...All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is working hard so he can play this week against Arkansas, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday. Spurrier said he will know later in the week if Clowney has recovered enough from his injury to play on Saturday. Meanwhile, Clowney declared that he remains committed to the Gamecocks and that he is not trying avoid action to protect his NFL Draft prospects. "Jadeveon has a muscle strain near his rib area that caused him to miss the game last week against Kentucky. He was in pain," Spurrier said Tuesday. "It was diagnosed later, and obviously we all handled it poorly, all of us did."
Clowney (6-foot-6, 274 pounds) surprised his coaches last Saturday when, shortly before kickoff of the game against Kentucky, he said he was in too much pain to play. There was speculation that Clowney was finished for the season to make sure he doesn't hurt his potential No. 1 pick status in next year's NFL Draft, but Clowney disputed that talk. "Regardless of what people say, I've been behind my team my whole life," he said. "I dedicate myself to this team and this university, that's why I chose to come here." He blamed the confusion over his unavailability for last week's game on a miscommunication. "I should have handled it differently instead of just telling (Spurrier) like that, you know," Clowney said. - The Sports Xchange
10/08/2013 - Injured All-American Jadeveon Clowney is working hard so he can play against Arkansas on Saturday, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said on Tuesday. Spurrier said he'll know later in the week if Clowney has recovered enough from a strained muscle near his ribcage to get back on the field. 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 doesn't believe Clowney is done but didn't rule out the possibility. "Let me say this about Jadeveon, if he never plays another snap, we all should be thankful and appreciative that he came to South Carolina," Spurrier said. "We've won 26 games, two 11-2 years, the greatest seasons we've had in 120 years. "So none of us need to be upset at Jadeveon. None of us." - AP Sports
10/06/2013 - Steve Spurrier promised this week to be more positive about No. 13 South Carolina. It was hard, though, to hide his displeasure about Jadeveon Clowney's absence. Clowney came to the coaches before the game and said that bruised ribs that kept him from practice Thursday were too sore for him to play. So the 6-foot-6, 274-pound All-American watched the Gamecocks' 35-28 win over Kentucky from the sidelines, chatting with teammates as South Carolina lost a large lead for the third straight game.
If Clowney "wants to play, we will welcome him to come play for the team if he wants," Spurrier said. "But he if doesn't want to play, he doesn't have to play. Simple as that." Connor Shaw threw for a touchdown and rushed for another and Mike Davis had 106 yards rushing as South Carolina (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) held off the Wildcats (1-4, 0-2).
Few had questioned Clowney's desire to play since he arrived on campus before the 2011 season. He was the SEC freshman of the year that fall, then had a 13 sacks and a school-record 23 ?? tackles for loss to lead become the league's defensive player of the year. The capper was Clowney's highlight-reel hit in the Outback Bowl and popped the helmet off of Michigan's Vincent Smith. But Clowney has not looked like that player through five games this year with 12 tackles and two sacks. He's dealt with dehydration and a flu bug against North Carolina, another virus against UCF last week and bone spurs in his right foot throughout the fall. Clowney's also watched opponents play away from him and go for large gains as some of South Carolina's new defensive starters couldn't make plays. "He may not be able to play next week. I don't know," Spurrier said. "But we're not going to worry about it, I can assure you of that." - AP Sports
10/05/2013 - South Carolina All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney did not suit up for No. 13 South Carolina's Southeastern Conference game against with Kentucky on Saturday night because of a rib injury. The junior suffered bruised ribs during the week and was unable to practice on Thursday. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said at the time that the staff held Clowney out of practice as a precaution but he would be available for the game. So far this season, Clowney's medical problems have included illness (twice), bone spurs in a foot and now a rib injury. - The Sports Xchange
09/16/2013 - Clowney said he's handled the pain off-and-on since high school and hopes that two weeks between games will reduce any discomfort. He appeared his most "It's painful. I'm out here playing on it, though, so I'm just trying to give everything I've got on it," he said. "Who knows what's going to happen out there? It doesn't really bother me when I am out there much. It's just builds up pain. The more I keep going on it, the more it bothers me."
Clowney said he'll likely have the foot "cleaned out" after the season, when he plans prepping for the NFL draft following the last of his three seasons with the Gamecocks. Clowney is considered the top NFL prospect for next spring's draft. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday he'd have had Clowney undergo the procedure this offseason if he had anticipated his lineman would be this bothered by the foot. "Just recently, I think, it started bothering him a little bit," Spurrier said. Clowney's foot problem has not kept him from practicing and he believes the down time will ease the pain. "I need it to get my foot back together," the junior said. - AP Sports
09/15/2013 - Clowney plans to have foot surgery...South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said he plans to have surgery on his right foot at the end of the season, but will not miss any games. Clowney has bone spurs in the foot that have been bothering him since high school. "I'm going to get it cleaned out after the season's over with," he told the Spartanburg (S.C) Herald Journal.
"It's painful. I'm out here playing on it though, just trying to give it everything I've got." South Carolina beat Vanderbilt 35-25 Saturday. Clowney has two sacks in three games this season, and forced a fumble on Saturday. South Carolina has a bye this week, giving Clowney some rest before the Gamecocks visit Central Florida next. - The Sports Xchange
09/15/2013 - Steve Spurrier won't hang his head after No. 13 South Carolina's 35-25 win over Vanderbilt, no matter how close the Gamecocks came to blowing a four-touchdown lead. "We're not moping around," Spurrier said. "Sometimes (stuff) happens and you lose games like that." The Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) scored on their first-four possessions as Connor Shaw threw for three touchdowns and Jadeveon Clowney forced a third-quarter fumble Saturday night despite pain in his right foot because of troublesome bone spurs he's had since high school.
The win was the 13th straight at home for the Gamecocks, who are tied with Georgia for the second-longest active streak in the nation. South Carolina appeared to have this one finished early, scoring on its first four possessions to lead 28-0. It still led 35-10 when it opened the second half with Shaw's final TD pass, a 33-yarder to Brandon Wilds. That's when the Commodores (1-2, 0-2) threw a scare into the Gamecocks, aided by a fumbled kickoff and punt by South Carolina. Vanderbilt scored twice in a 13-second span of the fourth quarter to pull within 10 points.
Still, it was a satisfied Spurrier heading into the Gamecocks' first bye week after his team ran up 579 yards. "This might've been the best we've looked on offense since I've been here, in the first quarter anyways and then it started slowing down a little," he said. "But we'll learn from it and try and see what kind of team we're going to be this year." - AP Sports
09/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Jadeveon Clowney has has six tackles, with two for loss and one sack so far this season, but many have criticized his performance. Teams are making a more concerted effort to run away from the All-American this season. To combat that trend, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward moved Clowney from the right to the left side, in addition to in the middle. He even lined up at linebacker a couple times. Following South Carolina's loss to Georgia, the junior was frustrated with his lack of ability to make an impact. "I set the edge most of the night, but they ran away from me," said Clowney. "I told my coach to put me somewhere, anywhere so I could make a play for my team. Their game plan worked out for them." - The Sports Xchange
09/12/2013 - DE Jadeveon Clowney re-injured the same foot that bothered him last season, but he returned to action after it happened against Georgia and did not appear to be moving any slower. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I was surprised. We worked hard all week. Game planning, we knew we had to stop the run coming into the game and we just didn't do it. We didn't come in and execute like we were supposed to." -- DE Jadeveon Clowney on USC's inability to stop the Georgia offense. - The Sports Xchange
09/08/2013 - Jadeveon Clowney, Spurrier critical of defensive scheme...South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has recognized that opponents are neutralizing his impact with their game plan, and the Gamecocks All-American has some suggestions on ways to mix it up defensively. "I told the coaches you got to put me somewhere else -- in the middle if you want to -- somewhere I can make some plays [to] help my team get in position to win," Clowney told reporters after the game. "But [Georgia] took me right out of the game."
Clowney told reporters that it was "very frustrating" to be limited -- suggesting that the Bulldogs ran plays away from Clowney's side of the field -- in the 41-30 loss to Georgia. "It's hard out there trying to chase from the backside, and they just took me right out of the game," Clowney said. "They want to move me around -- that's up to them. "I'm going to keep playing my assignments. I set the edge most of the night, [but] the ball went away from me on the backside chasing. That's just how the game went."
Identifying strengths and weaknesses is a normal piece of any game-planning. Georgia, like North Carolina the week before, had certain calls in place to run a play away from Clowney. When a once-in-a-generation defensive end is preventing you from winning a game, limiting his impact is a pretty good idea. It's not surprising or alarming. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 1. Jadeveon Clowney*, DE, South Carolina (6-feet-6, 268 pounds): Considering the preseason hype, it is fair to characterize Clowney's season-opening performance against North Carolina as less than spectacular. Three tackles and three QB pressures despite constant double-teams, hot and humid conditions and a bout with a stomach virus, however, is hardly cause for concern. The media may panic after one lackluster performance, but scouts won't and neither will I. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/06/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Jadeveon Clowney has been panned nationally for what many have called a subpar performance against North Carolina. Despite only picking up only three tackles and no sacks, while appearing to be winded on several occasions, the All-American and Heisman Trophy Candidate still managed to dictate play against the UNC offense by getting into the backfield. He will be counted on to have a bigger game against Georgia as their offensive line struggled against Clemson's pass rush.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We've all watched what happened out there. Obviously, Jadeveon was not up to par. I'm not going to give him any excuses. ? I think Jadeveon learned the camera is on his every play. We won us a ball game where we weren't extremely sharp in a lot of areas we can improve on. Maybe it will be a positive for us as we move forward that he knows the camera is on him every play this season." -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on Jadeveon Clowney's performance against UNC and what he expects from him against Georgia. - The Sports Xchange
08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD, Clowney's perch not impenetrable...1. DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (6-6, 268, 4.65)* -- It is difficult to describe Clowney and not fall into the trap of hyperbole. He has more than lived up to his billing as the top prep prospect in the country in his first two seasons with the Gamecocks, and boasts the skill set to rank among the truly elite prospects of his generation. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/30/2013 - SEC notebook: Conditioning questioned after opener...South Carolina All-American defensive end and Heisman hopeful Jadeveon Clowney was credited with three tackles and no sacks in Thursday's primetime opener against North Carolina. He did register three quarterback hurries, but cramped up a few times in the second half and a bunch of the post-game chatter centered around the Gamecocks conditioning. "I was pretty tired but you have to play through that," Clowney said. "I was still coming off the ball and that's what that matters. I might be bent over sometimes but when that ball snaps, I was getting off."
Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward thought all South Carolina players struggled with being fatigue. "It wasn't just Clowney," Ward said. "I think the entire defense got winded. We knew coming in that (UNC) was going to hurry up. We tried to stimulate it in practice but that was the fastest team I've ever seen." - The Sports Xchange
08/29/2013 - TOP SOUTH CAROLINA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. DE Jadeveon Clowney (6-5, 268, 4.56)*...It is difficult to describe Clowney, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated overall prospect, and not venture into hyperbole. Over the next six months, a quarterback could overtake him as a more valuable player to NFL teams. If the draft were held today, however, there is no question that Clowney would be the top pick.
The Rock Hill, South Carolina native signed with the Gamecocks as the consensus top overall prep in the country two years ago and has lived up to the hype since, recording 35.5 tackles for loss, 21 quarterback sacks and eight forced fumbles during that time. Clowney's production is all the more startling considering that he's only started 13 games for the Gamecocks, having to work his way up the ladder behind future NFL pass rushers Melvin Ingram and Devin Taylor. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/29/2013 - TOP SOUTH CAROLINA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. DE Jadeveon Clowney (6-5, 268, 4.56)*...Of course, it isn't Clowney's production that will get him drafted highly but the remarkable explosiveness that he possesses which leads to his eye-popping numbers. Clowney can beat tackles with his initial burst off the snap and he accelerates smoothly, gaining speed as he turns the corner. He has good power to push his opponent back on the bull-rush but uses his strength as a complement to his quick feet and active hands.
Clowney's most famous hit (of Michigan running back Vincent Smith) perfectly illustrates the explosive hitting he can provide. Many of Clowney's victims, however, are grabbed and thrown to the ground by the powerful South Carolina defender. Clowney pursues with great speed and has the long arms and strong hands to rip away at the ball as he's making the tackle.
Clowney enters his junior campaign as a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender. His ability to impact the game at the line of scrimmage is like nothing college football has seen since Ndamukong Suh was terrorizing Big 12 opponents as a member of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/29/2013 - Scouting the South Carolina pass defense: The Gamecocks pass defense will be as good as its pass rush. Led by All-American Jadeveon Clowney, that portion of the team's attack should be outstanding. Clowney finished the 2012 season with 23.5 tackles for loss, including 13 sacks. Chaz Sutton, who moves into the other starting end slot, had seven tackles for loss and five sacks as a reserve. The team boasts two outstanding cornerbacks with junior Victor Hampton the best of the bunch. There is not a lot of proven depth at the position, which is a concern. USC was fifth in the SEC and 21st overall last season. - The Sports Xchange
08/29/2013 - Mike Davis ran 75 yards for a touchdown, Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson each threw long scoring passes and All-American Jadeveon Clowney helped No. 6 South Carolina's defense hold North Carolina to its lowest point total under coach Larry Fedora in a 27-10 victory Thursday night. The game was delayed nearly two hours in the fourth quarter by rain. The Gamecocks were already in control by that then.
Clowney did not have a sack and finished with three first-half tackles. The Tar Heels' fast-paced offense wore him down and forced him to the sideline for several pit stops, yet he and the defense mostly hemmed in North Carolina. Shaw and Thompson put South Carolina up 17-0 in the opening quarter. Shaw found Shaq Roland for a 65-yard touchdown on the game's third play. Thompson threw a 29-yard TD to Kane Whitehurst later in the quarter.
It's been a steady stream of chatter about all things Clowney the past eight months, since knocking the helmet off a Michigan runner in the Outback Bowl. Should he sit out the year and protect his draft status as next year's No. 1 pick? How much insurance should he take out? (He has $5 million worth.) Can he become the first defense-only player to win the Heisman Trophy? If he makes it to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation in December, he likely won't have this game on his highlight reel. - AP Sports
08/29/2013 - Clowney good (and tired) in 2013 debut...The consensus elite prospect in the country, Jadeveon Clowney was good - but not dominant - in the first game of what is widely expected to be his final season at South Carolina. Primarily lining up opposite Preseason All-American left tackle James Hurst, Clowney was "only" credited with three tackles prior to a weather delay suspending game action in the mid fourth quarter. When blocked one on one by Hurst, Clowney frequently impacted plays, penetrating into the backfield to force quick throws by senior Bryn Renner and forcing backs into the arms of teammates. UNC did everything they could schematically against Clowney, double-teaming him, running misdirection away from him and screens over the top of him.
Considering the hype Clowney has received, those focusing on him for the first time Thursday night might have left disappointed. The attention from UNC (and a game-time temperature of 96 degrees) clearly had Clowney winded. He was subbed for most of UNC's lone scoring drive of the first half and did not make the type of impactful plays he has throughout his first two dominating seasons in the SEC.
This was a home game for Clowney and the Gamecocks so scouts may have a hard time excusing the star defensive end's exhaustion. As such, for the handful of NFL talent evaluators watching No. 7 for the first time Thursday night, Clowney's first impression could be that, while talented, he needs to work on his conditioning to warrant his hype. Clowney's 2013 debut may lack the sizzle to spark a Heisman campaign but taken in context with the rest of his sparkling career, his status as NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated prospect potentially available for the 2014 NFL draft is secure. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/27/2013 - GRADING CBSSPORTS.COM'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM AS NFL PROSPECTS: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (6-6, 272, Jr.)...Barring injury, Mr. Clowney will be a top-three draft pick next May and it's easy to see why with his freakish skill-set that creates mismatches rushing off the edge. His combination of size, power and athleticism makes him one of the best defensive prospects to enter the NFL over the last decade. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina,...Clowney was a unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore last season. The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting after recording 54 tackles, including a school-record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school-record 13.0 quarterback sacks. Clowney, the reigning Hendricks Award winner as the nation's top defensive end, is a unanimous preseason first-team All-American heading into the 2013 campaign. - South Carolina football
08/14/2013 - Jadeveon Clowney won't, in fact, sit out South Carolina's season opener against North Carolina. Citing Clowney's nagging shoulder injury and seemingly unhappy with several players "act[ing] like they're really hurt," Steve Spurrier said after Monday's practice might not play against the Tar Heels. That was always likely to be more motivational ploy than actual threat, though, and Spurrier confirmed Wednesday that Clowney will see the field Aug. 29. Clowney is "back in good graces. He's back in the fold," Spurrier told The State. "He's going to play against North Carolina."
Spurrier explained after Tuesday's practice that there had been a "communication problem" between himself, Clowney, and other injured Gamecocks Damiere Byrd and Bruce Ellington -- players who Spurrier expected to watch practice rather than be "in the locker room jivin' around and playing on their cell phones," as he put it. But Spurrier admitted that no one told them they were supposed to be watching practice, and all three returned Tuesday, with Clowney and Byrd participating. "I'm the dummy on that," Spurrier said. "We had a communication problem and we're ready to go." - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
08/14/2013 - 2013 TED HENDRICKS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina,...Clowney is the defending Hendricks Award winner. The SEC's 2012 Defensive Player of the Year finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting after recording 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13.0 quarterback sacks. A unanimous first-team All-American a year ago, he has been named to every SEC preseason all-conference team and every preseason All-America squad this year. He is also listed on several national preseason "watch lists" including the Maxwell, Bednarik, Rotary Lombardi, Walter Camp and Nagurski awards. - South Carolina football
08/14/2013 - SEC'S 10 MOST IMPORTANT PLAYERS IN 2013: 2. South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney...It is virtually impossible for avid sports fan to go a day without hearing the junior All-American's name or watching a video of a superhuman feat he's performed. Although still not a vocal leader, he has become the soul of the team and leader of the defense simply because he normally draws double- and triple-teams which clears the way for teammates. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward plans to line his star up in several position to take advantage and both his strength and speed as the 6-6, 274-pounder was recently timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.46 seconds. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
08/13/2013 - South Carolina All-American Jadeveon Clowney has returned to practice after missing the past two sessions with a bruised shoulder. Clowney sat out Saturday's scrimmage and Monday night's practice before returning to the field on Tuesday. South Carolina did not practice Sunday. Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward had said that Clowney's injury was not serious.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier may have sped up Clowney's return to the field, saying that if the defensive end's shoulder didn't show improvement soon, the Gamecocks might have to go without him in the opener against North Carolina on Aug. 29. Clowney had 13 sacks last season and was named the Southeastern Conference's defensive player of the year. He finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting behind winner quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. - AP Sports
08/11/2013 - South Carolina All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney sat out Saturday's scrimmage because of a sore shoulder, while Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw was off target in his first action since offseason foot surgery. Still, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier thought it was a solid showing his offense in the 90-minute session at Williams-Brice Stadium. "Overall, I would say the offense played a little bit better today," Spurrier said. "Some of the second (team) offensive linemen showed some improvement, so that was encouraging."
It's hard for Gamecock fans to be hopeful when they see Clowney in street clothes instead of his fearsome No. 7 uniform. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said there's nothing to worry about. Ward said Clowney's condition wasn't serious and the defensive lineman wasn't expected to play much anyway as coaches got a look at South Carolina's younger defenders. "I guess he bruised it, but it's fine," Ward said. "We weren't going to play him anyway." - AP Sports
08/08/2013 - The NCAA will no longer sell athletic jerseys on its website. NCAA president Mark Emmert acknowledged Thursday during a conference call with reporters that offering the apparel on its e-commerce site -- ShopNCAASports.com -- was a "mistake" and "hypocritical" when the athletes gain no profit from the revenue. He said all such items would be taken off the site as quickly as possible.
USA Today found this week in a web search that typing in a player's name such as Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron would bring up his jersey on an NCAA site. College basketball commentator Jay Bilas also drew attention to the issue with his critical posts on Twitter after doing similar searches this week. "There's no compelling reason the NCAA should essentially be re-selling paraphernalia from institutions," Emmert said. "I can't speak to why we entered into that enterprise, but it's not something that's appropriate for us, and we're going to exit it."
Emmert does not believe the NCAA made money off the sale of the merchandise, but going forward, he said, the site will only offer merchandise with the NCAA logo and not team jerseys. "I think the business of having the NCAA sell those kind of goods is a mistake," he said. "It was inappropriate for us to be in that business, and I can certainly see how that would be seen as hypocritical." The e-commerce site is copyrighted by Fanatics Retail Group but branded with the NCAA's official logo and links to NCAA.com. The NCAA is also facing multiple lawsuits over the names and likenesses of college athletes. - The Sports Xchange
08/07/2013 - Ohio State and South Carolina determined that NCAA violations were not committed by quarterback Braxton Miller and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney after the schools were made aware of signed memorabilia from the star players appearing for sale online. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Wednesday that Miller, a junior, had no knowledge of the items being sold. Smith added that the university discussed the matter with Miller after learning about it on Sunday. "We talked to Braxton, the whole thing, and there's nothing there," Smith said, according to ESPN.com.
South Carolina associate athletics director Chris Rogers said the school also found no wrongdoing on Clowney's part. "We have investigated things that have been on eBay with him and student-athletes before," Roger told The State newspaper. "In the situations I can say we looked into, there was no further for us to go." South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier stood behind Clowney while speaking with reporters. "I really believe Jadeveon has never accepted anything for signing an autograph," Spurrier said.
Spurrier has closed South Carolina's practices in part to keep autograph seekers away. "He's such a nice guy," Spurrier said of Clowney. "Marcus Lattimore was the same way. They signed almost everything. Some guy will say my kid has a mom with cancer. You get all kinds of stories to get them to sign and they hate to say no. And I've usually told both of them, 'Tell them Coach Spurrier says they can't sign, it's against the rules.' But the little kids and whatever -- they're going to sign." - The Sports Xchange
07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (223)...Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., was a unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore last season. The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting after recording 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13.0 quarterback sacks. Clowney was a finalist last year for the Bednarik Award and is one of only six defensive players in the country named to the Maxwell Award Watch List. - South Carolina football
07/25/2013 - South Carolina determined that no NCAA rules were violated when Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and sports agent Jay-Z made contact. "Based on the facts that USC has gathered, Jadeveon Clowney has not had any impermissible conversations nor has he received any impermissible benefits," said Steve Fink, South Carolina's assistant director of athletics for media relations, in a news release.
South Carolina's compliance office launched an investigation earlier this week when the contact was reported. NCAA rules allow college players to interact with agents but not to accept money or benefits, including meals, from them. Clowney, a junior, is expected to enter the NFL Draft after the upcoming season and is projected as a potential No. 1 pick.
Jaz-Z started Roc Nation Sports earlier this year to represent athletes and has picked up some high-profile clients that include Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. - The Sports Xchange
07/24/2013 - South Carolina's athletic compliance department is looking into contact between defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and rap mogul turned sports agency head, Jay-Z. Spokesman Steve Fink said Wednesday the department was aware of reports about conversations between Jay-Z and Clowney, the 6-foot-6, 274-pound lineman who's considered the top pick in next year's NFL draft.
Athletes are permitted under NCAA rules to talk with agents, just not reach agreements about future representation. Athletes cannot accept benefits from agents or their representatives while in college. Clowney had 13 sacks last season. He was the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year and finished sixth in Heisman Trophy balloting. Clowney won an ESPY award last week for his signature hit in the Outback Bowl when he dislodged the helmet of Michigan runner Vincent Smith. - AP Sports
07/23/2013 - South Carolina's compliance department is checking into the possibility of contact being made between defensive end Jadevon Clowney, considered one of the top prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft, and rapper/agent Jay-Z. Steve Fink, assistant director of athletics for media relations, told NFL Draft 365 in an email that the university is checking into the report as and investigating any potential violations.
According to NCAA rules, players are not permitted to accept cash or benefits from agents while they have college eligibility remaining. Clowney, a junior, is expected to enter the NFL Draft after the upcoming season. Jaz-Z started Roc Nation Sports earlier this year to represent athletes and has picked up some high-profile clients.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told ESPN.com that Clowney is aware of the NCAA rules regarding agents. "Wait until you have played your last game at South Carolina," Spurrier said. "When the bowl game is over this coming season, he's free to accept any amount of money anybody wants to give him. But until then he has to be a student-athlete like all the other guys or he's not going to be eligible. He's done a good job of knowing that." - The Sports Xchange
07/20/2013 - It was quite a week for South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney - and the football season is still six weeks away. The Gamecocks' All-American defensive end picked up an ESPY award for his helmet-popping play, entertained hundreds at Southeastern Conference media days, issued a few friendly challenges to rivals and got to meet LeBron James. ''Yeah, that was something,'' Clowney said, still flying high after departing the plane from his coast-to-coast adventures.
Clowney accepted the trophy for best play from last year. His hit on Michigan's Vincent Smith blew loose the running back's helmet and the ball, allowing Clowney to recover it easily in South Carolina's Outback Bowl victory. Earlier in the week, the 6-foot-6, 274-pound Clowney promised more disruption once the games start in his final college season. - AP Sports
07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina...Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pound junior defensive end, was a Walter Camp first team All-American a year ago. The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting after recording 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13.0 quarterback sacks. He was named to the preseason first team All-SEC squad on Thursday and has been listed on several national preseason "watch lists" including the Maxwell, Bednarik, Rotary Lombardi and Nagurski awards. - South Carolina football
07/18/2013 - South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney won the ESPY Award for "Best Play" Wednesday night in Los Angeles for his hit and fumble recovery during the Gamecocks' Outback Bowl victory over Michigan on January 1, 2013. Clowney's play earned the No. 1 seed in the bracket of 16 nominees, narrowed down by three rounds of bracket-style online voting that started on June 27. The play went viral in social media almost immediately, garnering millions of views on YouTube and a record streak as ESPN's SportsCenter Top Play.
The play in the Outback Bowl capped off a fantastic sophomore season for Clowney that saw him win the Ted Hendricks Award for best defensive end, earn unanimous All-America status, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, school records in tackles for loss and sacks, and numerous other honors. - South Carolina football
07/18/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina...Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., was a unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore last season. The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting after recording 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13.0 quarterback sacks. Last week, Clowney was named to the Maxwell Award, Bednarik Award and Nagurski Award watch lists. - South Carolina football
07/17/2013 - Clowney, who is a Heisman candidate as well a member of both the Lombardi and Bronko Nagurski watch lists this season, said he lets his play speak for himself on the field and does not resort to taunting. Last season he recorded 54 tackles, including 23.5 tackles for loss. Against archrival Clemson and Boyd, he compiled a career-high 4.5 sacks in a 27-17 win. "We know that coming into the game that we have him shook already," Clowney explained. "We get a couple hits on him and it changes the whole game. He's scared every time we play them. I know he's probably listening to this right now, but I'm just telling the truth, man." Clowney, who finished sixth in the Heisman voting last year, downplayed individual awards. "That's not really a goal for me," he said. "A goal for me is winning the SEC. That's our biggest goal right now." - The Sports Xchange
07/17/2013 - When South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney plays, he usually is the focal point of just about everyone in the stadium. When Jadeveon Clowney speaks, everyone listens and Tuesday everyone was listening when Clowney spoke during the SEC media days at Hoover, Ala. His message that quarterbacks were "scared" to face the Gamecocks defensive line was sure to be heard loud and clear from Arkansas to Georgia to South Carolina. "I can tell Tajh Boyd is scared back there," Clowney, talking about Clemson's quarterback, told ESPN. "He ain't no sitting duck, but you can see in his eyes that he's scared of our D-linemen." The 6-foot-6, 247-pound lineman said he knows fear when he sees it in an opponent's eyes and he said he saw it quite often last season. Boyd was not alone, Clowney said. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson were scared, too. Clowney said there was another SEC quarterback who was scared but he didn't name him. "You can look at a guy and tell that he's scared," Clowney said. "If he's staring at me before the ball is snapped and he's staring at me every play before the ball is snapped, oh we got him. I tell the players that he's shook." - The Sports Xchange
07/16/2013 - There was all kinds of buzz surrounding Jadeveon Clowney's Heisman hopes at SEC media days, but the South Carolina defensive end wasn't having any of it. "The Heisman is not a big deal for me," he told assembled media on Tuesday. "Winning the SEC championship's a big deal to me. Getting drafted high is a big deal." Publicly downplaying his interest in the bronze statue is probably a smart approach to take. After all, no pure defensive player has ever won the trophy and Clowney's chances of making history are slim, despite the hype surrounding his candidacy. But don't believe for a second that he doesn't want to win the Heisman. A player at his level is nothing if not a competitor and the possibility of capturing the most prestigious individual honor in sports is a siren call few can resist.
Besides, he's already got a good strategy to avoid the kind of trouble that can derail a run at the Heisman. Pay attention, Johnny Manziel: "Just stay out of bars and stay off Twitter," he said. But if Tuesday was any indication, Clowney doesn't need Twitter to talk smack. He had some choice words for the quarterback of his team's archrival. "You can see in his eyes that he's scared of our D-line," Clowney said of Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, who he sacked 4.5 times last season. "He is scared every time we play them. I know he's listening to this right now, but I'm telling the truth." Clowney didn't reserve all his disdain for Boyd. He also included Georgia's Aaron Murray and Nebraska's Taylor Martinez on his list of "scared" quarterbacks. - Chris Huston, CBSSports.com
07/16/2013 - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier adds another entry in the growing legend of Jadeveon Clowney. Spurrier said Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference media days that his All-America defensive end ran a 4.4 40 at the end of summer workouts. Clowney is regarded as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate a year after Notre Dame linebacker Manti Teo finished second. Clowney was sixth. But Spurrier says his star defender has done a good job staying out of the limelight and been a good teammate. The Gamecocks coach was even asked if there was a chance that Clowney could play on offense. His response: ''Not really. We got a bunch of offensive players that are pretty good.'' - AP Sports
07/13/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina...Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., was a unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore last season. The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting after recording 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13.0 quarterback sacks. Clowney was a finalist last year for the Bednarik Award and is one of only six defensive players in the country named to the Maxwell Award Watch List. - South Carolina football
07/13/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DL...Clowney was a unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore last season. The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting after recording 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13.0 quarterback sacks. Clowney was a finalist last year for the Bednarik Award and is one of only six defensive players in the country named to the Maxwell Award Watch List. - South Carolina football
07/13/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina...The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting after recording 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13.0 quarterback sacks. Clowney was a finalist last year for the Bednarik Award and is one of only six defensive players in the country named to the Maxwell Award Watch List. - South Carolina football
05/31/2013 - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Thursday he thinks it would be "very difficult" for star junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to win the Heisman Trophy. The award for college football's best player has been traditionally given to an offensive player since its inception, though Michigan's Charles Woodson broke the mold by winning the Heisman as a three-way player (cornerback, wide receiver, kick returner) in 1997.
The 6-foot-6, 256-pound Clowney has already been projected as the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft due to his pass-rushing ability. As a sophomore, Clowney had 13 sacks, including 4.5 against rival Clemson. "It would be very difficult," Spurrier said before his "Great Floridian" ceremony at Florida Field. "He'd have to cause a lot more fumbles and maybe pick one up and score, or something like that."
Spurrier knows a thing or two about Heisman Trophy campaigns. He was part of the first one in 1966, winning the award following an aggressive pitch from UF's sports information department. But Spurrier said he doesn't expect mass promotion for Clowney next season.
"We don't really try to promote our guys too much," Spurrier said. "If they have a big year, they'll naturally get all the attention and all the publicity worldwide now. We try to encourage our entire team to earn team goals, trying to win our division, win the SEC, bowl games and things of that nature. But Jadeveon he could have a chance, again some of those big plays, pick up a fumble and score, intercept a pass, something like that." - Kevin Brockway, The Gainesville Sun
05/28/2013 - The NFL has pushed the 2014 draft two weeks later but otherwise will not be changing the league's calendar, it was announced Tuesday. The 2014 NFL Draft will take place May 8-10 inside of Radio City Music Hall in New York. The news doesn't come as a surprise. Commissioner Roger Goodell warned during the league meetings that next year's draft would be pushed into May because of a scheduling conflict with the iconic hall, which was reportedly already booked for an Easter celebration.
Rather than simply move the league's most popular offseason event to a different location, the NFL chose to push the draft back two weeks. While the draft itself was moved, the NFL calendar otherwise will remain the same, with the annual scouting combine scheduled for February 18-25 in Indianapolis and the league year officially beginning on March 11.
The revised schedule gives teams two more weeks to prepare (or over-think) their draft strategy. Before Tuesday's announcement, some coaches and front office personnel publicly criticized the revised schedule, citing the need to acclimate the rookies to their new teams. This specific concern was addressed as part of the league's statement, Tuesday. "The change in the date of the 2014 Draft will have no effect on when rookies may begin to report to their clubs, the dates of offseason programs or the length of offseason programs," the statement said.
The greater disruption could come outside of the league as colleges could see a rise in personal Pro Day workouts throughout the late spring. No plans for the location or date for the 2015 draft have been released. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
05/21/2013 - 2013 FREAKS LIST: THE 20 CRAZIEST ATHLETES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DE: When Clowney arrived in Columbia two years ago as the nation's No. 1 recruit, he was a chiseled 6-foot-6, 238 pounder with explosiveness that had college recruiters raving. He was also "a recipe for disaster," said Connolly. "When he walked in the door he was a Ferrari engine in a Yugo. He was extremely explosive but he needed to stabilize a lot of his joints to help keep him injury free."
Since then Clowney has blossomed into a 275-pound guy who has many seeing him as the first pick in next year's NFL Draft and a viable Heisman Trophy candidate. "His first step was lightning, and that's just who is he and what God gave him," said Connolly. "The difference with him is that he's faster at 275 now. He's even more explosive and powerful at 275, which is frightening."
Clowney was tested by Gamecock coaches the week before South Carolina started spring ball. He vertical jumped 38 inches and clocked a 4.54 40 weighing 274 pounds. A year ago, he ran a 4.58 at 257. A year ago, Clowney's teammate, Devin Taylor made the Freaks List. A former state triple jump champ, Taylor was a 6-7, 267-pounder who broad-jumped almost 11 feet. "Devin was fluid and extremely smooth. Clowney is violent," said Connolly. "Devin will play in the NFL for a long time. Clowney is more violent than anybody I've ever seen. There is a violence to his first step. I've never seen anybody with more first-step quickness than he has. He's off the ball while the ball is still in the center's hands. His explosiveness is unparalleled." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
05/16/2013 - Don't block Jadeveon Clowney...You'll just make him mad. Everybody remembers the monster hit that the South Carolina defensive end put on Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl. But this spring Gamecocks' defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward told me the story behind the story. You'll recall that the play before the big hit, the officials mistakenly gave Michigan a first down despite a measurement that was clearly short. "Our bench went crazy and Jadeveon came up to me and said 'Coach! They are cheating! They are cheating!,'" Ward said. "He was mad."
Ward decided that it would be a good idea to channel that anger. So on the next play he decided to turn Clowney loose and send him straight for the ball. "When Jadeveon doesn't want to be blocked," Ward said. "He can't be blocked." Uh, yeah. - Tony Barnhart, CBSSports.com
05/05/2013 - South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney can count on at least one Heisman voter to support him next season -- his coach, Steve Spurrier. According to a report Wednesday from ESPN, Spurrier had the All-American on his ballot this past season when Clowney finished sixth in the overall tally. From the looks of it, though, Clowney (who picked up four first-place votes) may not have been on the top of his coach's list: "I generally vote for some player on my team," Spurrier said. "I just feel like I should, so he got one of my votes last year."
In talking further about his vote, the 1966 Heisman winner from Florida revealed a stark truth about how hard it is for a defensive player to win the trophy: "It's hard for a defensive player to do a whole lot. He had the big hit against Michigan, and other than that, their offensive tackle blocked him pretty well. When you've got a couple of guys blocking one guy, it's hard to take over a ballgame." In other words, no matter how well a defensive player performs, the offense can always scheme around him. As a result, even a great end like Clowney has limited opportunities to affect the outcome of a game. If he gets two early sacks, he draws a double team. If he holds up against the run, teams just run the other way. - Chris Huston, CBSSports.com
05/04/2013 - NFL DRAFT: 'WAIT-TIL-NEXT-YEAR' DRAFT OVER; HERE ARE 21 TO WATCH IN 2014: Underclassmen...1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: Clowney would have been the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft if he were eligible. He will be eligible and be the first pick in 2014. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
05/04/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: EARLY TOP-50 DRAFT BOARD: 1. DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (6-6, 268, 4.65)*...A freak athlete for his size, Clowney has the prototypical size, strength and explosive traits to abuse blockers and blow up the backfield. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/10/2013 - Neck and back pain could sideline standout South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney for the remainder of spring practice and the Gamecocks' spring game. Clowney, considered a 2013 Heisman Trophy candidate and a sure-fire first-round NFL draft pick, sprained his neck in practice last week in a collision with defensive tackle J.T. Surratt and wasn't given medical clearance to return to the field on Tuesday.
The All-American also missed a team scrimmage last Saturday. "My back and neck are hurting me," Clowney said. "I should be OK coming out of spring ball. I should be coming around soon, hopefully." As far as practicing again this spring, Clowney said, "That's up to the coaches. It's not really about being out here. It's about learning the playbook. We put in some new stuff, so all I have to do is learn the play calls. The rest of it, I'll catch up on." South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward indicated that he's not expecting Clowney to return until fall camp. "Whether he goes another snap, I don't care," Ward said.
Clowney, who will be a junior this fall, finished in a tie for second in FBS in sacks with 13 and tackles for loss with 23.5 last season. He's fifth in school history with 21.0 career sacks and tied for second with 35.5 tackles for loss. The Gamecocks' spring game is Saturday. - The Sports Xchange
03/07/2013 - South Carolina All-American Jadeveon Clowney has purchased a $5 million insurance policy to protect himself financially for the 2013 season. Clowney said Thursday his family bought the policy earlier this year. The NCAA's ''Exceptional Student-Athlete Disability Program'' permits qualifying athletes in football, men's and women's basketball, baseball and ice hockey, to take out a loan to help finance the cost of the policy, which they must repay upon signing a pro contract.
The $5 million is the maximum amount allowed and such policies cost about $30,000. Several analysts say the sophomore defensive end would be the No. 1 pick in this year's NFL draft if he were eligible. There were questions whether Clowney should sit out this year and not risk an injury that might ruin his draft status. - AP Sports
03/07/2013 - South Carolina All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has taken out an insurance policy through the NCAA worth $5 million, Darryl Slater of the Charleston Post-Courier reported on Thursday. It's the maximum allowable policy under the current program.
Clowney is projected to be the first overall pick in the 2014 draft. The NCAA's insurance policy was started in 1990 for college football players projected to be selected early in the NFL draft. Heisman winner Johnny Manziel is also reportedly looking into taking part in the program. This move should put to rest any lingering doubts that Clowney might sit out this season to avoid injury, a notion that has been bandied about of late. - Chris Huston, CBSSports.com
03/05/2013 - The breathless (and often warranted) reports about the supernatural awesomeness of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney have been coming at us non-stop since bowl season, and it looks like there will be no respite on the matter between now and the 2014 NFL Draft. That means the latest story about the 6-foot-6, 272-pounder running a 4.5 40-yard dash during winter conditioning drills really shouldn't surprise anyone. The report from ESPN's Tom Rinaldi is making the rounds and confirming what we already know: Clowney is a freak who is the top pick in the draft in waiting. Great.
Now, before you get too excited about it (too late, I know), it's important to look at the bigger picture. Yes, Clowney is amazing, but we can't forget that 40-yard dash times reported from schools, or from any source, should be taken with a grain of salt. The reality is that it is highly unlikely that Clowney runs a real 4.5 40-yard dash. But it's been established by now that when it comes to measuring the speed of football players, there is little interest in reality. Otherwise, why would the NFL Combine prefer an inaccurate measurement over an accurate one? Again, let's take nothing away from Clowney here. He's an amazing football player and a rare physical specimen. But we didn't need this 40 time to tell us that. - Chris Huston, CBSSports.com
02/28/2013 - Football ticket prices are going up at South Carolina. The school's Board of Trustees approved a $45 increase to season ticket prices for 2013, raising the cost to $365 a seat for the Gamecocks seven-game schedule. The school said Thursday it has not raised football season tickets since 2008.
Athletic director Ray Tanner said the additional revenue will help fund about $53 million in building new facilities and upgrading existing buildings. Among those projects approved by the board were a $17.5 million football practice facility and outdoor practice fields to replace the ones currently across from Williams-Brice Stadium. Funds were also approved to improve the plaza area around the football stadium and construct a building for lockers, a weight room and video room next to soccer's Stone Stadium. - AP Sports
02/27/2013 - TOP 10 COMPELLING NFL COMBINE STORY LINES: 10. The Clowney Watch is on in the NFL. I had plenty of media brethren asking about Jadeveon Clowney, the early favorite to be the top pick in the 2014 NFL draft. I asked Devin Taylor, Clowney's old teammate at South Carolina, his thoughts on whether there was anything to the speculation that the Gamecock star might actually sit out next season to avoid any injuries that could hinder his NFL future and what he'd say to Clowney as a teammate about that decision. "I think he'll play this year," Taylor said. "I would tell him, 'This is a team sport. You could help us possibly win a national championship. Not playing would be a selfish act." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
02/20/2013 - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney doesn't want to quit on his team and is looking forward to playing football for the Gamecocks in 2013. Clowney's status become a trending topic this week, with some columnist suggesting the sophomore might sit out the season to protect his health and likely high draft position in 2014. Spurrier said Thursday while attending a South Carolina basketball game with his wife that Clowney wants another season to improved.
NFL rules require a player to be three year's removed from the time his high school class graduated to be eligible for the draft. The rule has been unsuccessfully challenged in the courts. Clowney would very likely be the first played drafted in April if he were eligible. Instead of preparing for the draft, Clowney is taking part in winter workouts with the team. He's expected to be on the field when the Gamecocks open spring practice March 5.
Spurrier said those suggesting Clowney take the year off don't understand the value of team competition. Clowney was an All-American this past season as a sophomore. He had 13 1-2 sacks, and a helmet-jarring hit in the Outback Bowl against Michigan on New Year's Day that was the first candidate for play of the year. ''Since that hit in the Outback bowl,'' Spurrier said, ''I think he's become the No. 1 talked about player. Maybe more than Johnny Manziel.'' - AP Sports
02/20/2013 - The mother of South Carolina defensive end and possible 2014 No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jadeveon Clowney told SI.com Thursday that she expects her son to play a third season, rather than skip the season to avoid injury. "I talked to him this week, and he wants to play," Josenna Clowney told the web site. "I don't think he has it in him to sit out. He loves to play football. I know I want him to play." Clowney's status has been uncertain since Charlotte Observer columnist Tom Sorensen suggested Feb. 10 that Clowney think about sitting out his junior year to train for the pro draft. Per NFL rules, players can't declare for the draft until three years after graduating from high school. Clowney graduated from South Pointe High (Rock Hill, S.C.) in 2011 and played two seasons for the Gamecocks.
The 20-year-old is viewed as an imposing defensive presence. He said last month that he's grown to 6-foot-6 1/2 and 273 pounds. He has told South Carolina officials that "as of right now," he'll return for his junior season.
A FOXSports.com report suggested that the talented Gamecock will protect his future earning potential. A Clowney representative has contacted an insurance company to purchase an insurance policy worth $5 million, should Clowney be injured.
Clowney was on the sideline when teammate Marcus Lattimore suffered a knee injury that will affect his draft stock, and could prevent him from playing again. Coastal Advisors, the company contacted by the Clowney associate, has insured 35 other top college prospects in the past 15 years. - The Sports Xchange
01/01/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Jadeveon Clowney has been as dominant as any defensive player in the country. Despite suffering both a knee and foot injury the second half of the campaign, it did not slow him down as he set the South Carolina record for most sacks in a season with 13.0. He finished the season in style with 4.5 sacks against Clemson. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward moved Clowney around in an attempt to maximize his talents.
While he may probably need an operation on his foot following the season, he has continued to stand out. He will be tested against Michigan QB Denard Robinson as he may have to work on containment rather than a big pass rush. The sophomore is a consensus first team All-American and was voted SEC Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches. He also won the Hendricks Award. - The Sports Xchange
01/01/2013 - In one of the most dramatic games in school history, South Carolina used a 32-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Dylan Thompson to Bruce Ellington with 11 seconds left to beat Michigan 33-28 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Thompson entered the game because Connor Shaw limped off earlier in the drive. South Carolina took over at its own 30 after Michigan scored a touchdown with 3:29 left to go up 28-27.
Shaw kept the drive alive by hitting Ace Sanders for a six-yard completion on fourth down and three, which moved the No. 11 Gamecocks to their own 43. In beating the No. 19 Wolverines (8-5), the Gamecocks match their program-best 11-2 record from last season.
South Carolina All-American defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney, had been quiet for much of the day, until he turned the game with 8:10 remaining. He burst into the backfield and, in one remarkable instant, nailed running back Vincent Smith, popped Smith's helmet off his head and the ball out of his hands, and snatched the ball.
South Carolina took over at Michigan's 31, and Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier took a shot at the end zone, as he is wont to do after turnovers. Ace Sanders caught the ball in the back of the end zone and the Gamecocks led 27-22 with 8:06 left, after a failed two-point conversion. - The Sports Xchange
12/18/2012 - South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's goal is to be sitting in New York next December as one of the finalists for the Heisman Trophy. "I believe a defensive player can win the Heisman next year," Clowney said. Actually, he believes he can win it. "That's my next thing, New York," Clowney said Monday night after the Gamecock's practice. "Next season, I am going to come out and try to work harder than I did this season and try to get there." South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has long said Clowney would and should leave after his junior season as a likely first-round selection. "He's gotten a lot of attention and he's handled it well, handled it very well," Spurrier said. "We all know he's a three-year player, which is fine."
Clowney's got goals to achieve, Lawing says. He's just eight sacks away from catching Eric Norwood for the school's all-time leading sacks mark of 29. Plus, Clowney would love bettering the single-season school marks of 13 sacks and 21 1/2 tackles for loss he's put up so far this year. Spurrier, the 1966 Heisman winner, voted Clowney first on his ballot ahead of Manziel and Te'o. But Spurrier knows it would take a mega-season for Clowney to overcome the game's offensive stars who may vie for next year's Heisman. Clowney smiles when asked if he's capable of pulling off that feat. "It's a possibility," he said. "I just keep playing my game, and I probably have a shot at winning next year." - AP Sports
12/18/2012 - The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney who has been on the road accepting honors as a consensus All-American, Ted Hendricks Award winner and finalist for several other national awards. "I was ready to go, leave, go home on some of them," Clowney said Monday after South Carolina's practice for the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl game with Michigan. "I was tired of flying. But it was alright. It was a good experience."
A sophomore from Rock Hill, Clowney won the Hendricks Award as the nation's most outstanding defensive end and was a finalist for the Nagurski Award (nation's top defensive player) and the Lombardi Award (top defensive lineman or linebacker). Clowney finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting, and said that winning that award was on his list for next season. "That's my next thing to get to, New York," he said. "So next season I'm going to come here and work harder than I did this season." - Charles Bennett, Greenville News
12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: DL Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, 6-6 256 Soph., Rock Hill, SC...Clowney, a 6-6, 256-pounder, set new South Carolina standards for sacks in a season (13.0), tackles for loss in a season (21.5) and sacks in a single game (4.5 vs. Clemson) during the 2012 campaign. He has been tabbed as the Hendricks Award winner, which recognizes the nation's top defensive end, and was a finalist for the Nagurski, Lombardi and Bednarik awards. - South Carolina football
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM: DE - Jadeveon Clowney, sophomore, 6-6, 256, South Carolina...Clowney set new South Carolina standards for sacks in a season (13.0), tackles for loss in a season (21.5) and sacks in a single game (4.5 vs. Clemson) during the 2012 campaign. - South Carolina football
12/16/2012 - 2012 NCAA FBS CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN: DL - x-Jadeveon Clowney (Unanimous), South Carolina, 6-6, 256, sophomore...Clowney, a 6-6, 256-pounder, set new South Carolina standards for sacks in a season (13.0), tackles for loss in a season (21.5) and sacks in a single game (4.5 vs. Clemson) during the 2012 campaign. He has been tabbed as the Hendricks Award winner, which recognizes the nation's top defensive end, and was a finalist for the Nagurski, Lombardi and Bednarik awards.
In addition to the AP and ESPN.com first-team selections, he has been named first-team All-American by Walter Camp, AFCA, Sporting News, CBSSports.com and FoxSportsNext.com. He was the coaches' choice as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and was a first-team All-SEC selection by both the coaches and the Associated Press. Clowney is the fourth Gamecock to earn first-team All-America honors in the past four seasons, following Eric Norwood (2009), Alshon Jeffery (2010) and Melvin Ingram (2011). - South Carolina football
12/16/2012 - 2012 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: DL Jadeveon Clowney, So., South Carolina...Clowney, a 6-6, 256-pounder, set new South Carolina standards for sacks in a season (13.0), tackles for loss in a season (21.5) and sacks in a single game (4.5 vs. Clemson) during the 2012 campaign. He has been tabbed as the Hendricks Award winner, which recognizes the nation's top defensive end, and was a finalist for the Nagurski, Lombardi and Bednarik awards. - South Carolina football
12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DE - Jadeveon Clowney (Unanimous), South Carolina, So., has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Clowney, a 6-6, 256-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., is second in the nation in both sacks (13.0) and tackles for loss (21.5), both single season school records. He is a finalist for the Nagurski, Lombardi, Bednarik and Hendricks awards. - South Carolina football
12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Clowney, a 6-6, 256-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., is second in the nation in both sacks (13.0) and tackles for loss (21.5), both single season school records. He is a finalist for the Nagurski, Lombardi, Bednarik and Hendricks awards. - South Carolina football
12/05/2012 - 2012 TED HENDRICKS DEFENSIVE END OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER: Jadeveon Clowney of the University of South Carolina is the Award's 11th winner. Clowney claimed nearly two-thirds of the final-round votes, which is a new record. The five other finalists included Morgan Breslin from Southern California, Tank Carradine and Bjoern Werner from Florida State, Sam Montgomery from LSU and Damontre Moore from Texas A&M.
Clowney is a record-setter in several respects this season. In addition to his record vote share for this award, he set new South Carolina standards for sacks in a season (13.0), tackles for loss in a season (21.5) and sacks in a single game (4.5 vs Clemson). All of this came as a follow-up to his extremely successful freshman season, when Clowney totaled eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss. At the conclusion of the 2011 season Clowney was named Southeast Conference Freshman of the Year by the SEC coaches and earned First-Team Freshman All-America honors from seven different media organizations. - SEC football