Posted October 28, 2013

South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney says he didn’t practice hard last season

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South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney is considered to be a Top 5 pick if he declares for the NFL Draft. (Getty Images)

South Carolina All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been widely criticized for his lack of production this season, although he is still considered to be one of the top prospects in the NFL Draft should he forego his senior season of eligibility.

He admits that his practice habits were lacking last season, but is doing everything he can to improve.

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“My practice habits have picked up way more than they did last year,” Clowney said to the New York Times. “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.”

“I don’t have nothing to prove,” Clowney, who had five tackles in the Gamecocks 27-24 upset over Missouri on Saturday, said. “They keep doubting — we’re going to keep winning. Let them keep doubting us. That’s all I can say. It’s a team sport.

“For all what people think about me — I just want to win with my team.”

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Clowney also said he is still dealing with a painful rib injury that caused him to miss one game this season.

“It still bothers me a lot,” Clowney said. “But I keep that to myself.”


26 comments
Mattdd17
Mattdd17

Clowney needs to stop talking.... He's doing himself no favors.

_chewbucca
_chewbucca

...so draft me high and pay me millions and then hope I'll be motivated after getting my money.

JerryC
JerryC

No work ethic. I can see him sliding lower and lower in the draft with each word out of his mouth. If he can't be self motivated at the college level is it likely he will at the pro level. I would not want him on my team

chinngiskhaan
chinngiskhaan

"It still bothers me a lot, but I keep that to myself"

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

6marK6
6marK6

Now can espn admit he is the most overrated player ever? Talented, but has little impact on actual games.

Ciscos
Ciscos

He should probably not say another word this season - and not speak again until after he's had some Q/A coaching.  He's already dealing with the taking plays off stuff, now his work ethic will be called into question this spring.  smh.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

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.”

“I don’t have nothing to prove,”  That’s all I can say. It’s a team sport."

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And your humble attitude towards team says it all. ME first, then team. 

mikemutka64
mikemutka64

Jadeveon Clowney, meet Albert Haynesworth; Albert, allow me to introduce you to Jadeveon. Jadeveon was wondering if you could put in a few good words for him with Mr. Snyder?

bubbalooey
bubbalooey

This is the type of player who will play when he "feels" like it.  He will sign a huge contract with guaranteed  money then in a couple years he will give up and force the team to get rid of him, then he will spend all the money and want to come back for a few years, seen a couple players like that recently........ what a waste of talent.

j7apple
j7apple

Perhaps he should continue practicing less, as last year was much better than this year.

jronimo97
jronimo97

This really bothers me with collegiate sports today. Just crazy all the hype, lets see what he does in the league.

a52wkhi
a52wkhi

"' It still bothers me a lot,” Clowney said. “But I keep that to myself."'

Injuries to the ribs are very painful and slow to heal, so I believe him.

Vicious023
Vicious023

Jacksonville and Tampa will both be drafting a QB, so looks like he is St. Louis bound.  

YuckDaFankees
YuckDaFankees

And with the first pick in the 2014 draft Tampa Bay selects Tony Mandarich sorry I mean Jadeveon Clowney.

PWINGS
PWINGS

If I'm an NFL GM, I have to ask myself this question. "If I draft him in the top 5, am I drafting a real NFL player or a YouTube "One Hit Wonder"? To me, he's a bigger gamble than a "Combine Wonder". At least Combine Wonders have to put in weeks / months of training to turn in an impressive performance. All Clowney had to do was put one memorable hit on a guy who may not have even had his chinstrap buckled. I'd think long and hard before I gave him big money because once he's got the guaranteed money, you're going to find out who he really is....the hard way!

wardcomusa
wardcomusa

The headline is complete nonsense.  What Clowney said is he had a better attitude about practice this year. 

not that he dogged last year. Misleading nonsense.  Sports Journalism has gone the way of the National Inquirer. 

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

I would like to hear what Coach Spurrier says about his practice habits! I'm convinced that many pros don't go hard in practice.

Otherwise, RB's and Receivers could go more than one or two plays in a row before they need a sub. High school kids are in better condition as some play both ways and hardly ever leave the field

chinngiskhaan
chinngiskhaan

@a52wkhi he says he keeeps it to himself as he is talking about it to a national media reporter.  WHAT AN IDIOT!

AndrewM1
AndrewM1

@a52wkhi - Generous of you, moreso for not noting that complaining about an injury while claiming to keep it to yourself is kind of a foolish statement.

j7apple
j7apple

@Vicious023  Could be, but I have my doubts for some reason on this fellow.

learntoread
learntoread

@wardcomusa"“Last year, I really didn’t practice real hard."  That is a direct Clowney quote Sherlock.  Someone needs to tell Clowney, "Take it easy, Champ. Why don't you sit this next one out, stop talking for a while."

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Steve Phillips   Publicly, Spurrier has been less than enthusiastic in Clowney's defense about his missed playing and practice time. But since Clowney is now the team's big star and attracting all the media attention, Spurrier doesn't want to "piss in the soup" and publicly criticize him. Privately, he can't be too happy with the poor example and lack of leadership that Clowney is showing.

wardcomusa
wardcomusa

@learntoread @wardcomusa Do you honestly think Spurrier and his coaches would allow a guy to dog it in practice and let him play? Think it through. There is no way they would let it go.. You can practice hard, impress the coach but there is a difference in  practicing and trying to improve your play and putting in extra effort. 

hyohakusha
hyohakusha

@wardcomusa @learntoread You're right!  College football coaches would never let their best players play in games after engaging in questionable behavior.  Never!  Brilliant analysis, my friend.