The legend of Jadeveon Clowney has spread far and wide across the land.
Folks know all about the South Carolina sophomore, who won the Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end and also finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting. The 6-foot-6, 256-pound Clowney, who ranks second in the nation with 13 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss this season, has impressed Michigan coach Brady Hoke.
While Hoke notes that anyone can be blocked one-on-one in theory, he adds the following caveat when it comes to the relentlessness high-energy Clowney brings to rushing the passer.
“How long you block him is what the key is,” Hoke said. “I think the guy plays with a really good motor or he wouldn’t be the player he is. You can have all the talent in the world and range and all those things, but it’s what the guy plays with motor-wise. I think he does a nice job playing with that.”
The coach added the Wolverines might double-or triple-team him or use play action to blunt his ability to create havoc in the backfield.
“You’ve got to execute it and there’s got to be a timing presence to all your passing,” Hoke said.
South Carolina’s first positive bowl experience took place in the state of Florida at the 1995 Carquest Bowl in Miami’s Joe Robbie Stadium.
Behind the standout play of quarterback Steve Taneyhill, the Gamecocks claimed their first bowl victory in nine tries with a 24-21 win against West Virginia. Taneyhill threw for 227 yards and one touchdown, ran for another score, and was named the game’s MVP. Tailback Brandon Bennett rushed for 100 yards, and fullback Stanley Pritchett scored the Gamecocks’ final touchdown on a clinching one-yard run.
Pritchett’s run was set up by freshman cornerback Ben Washington’s 42-yard interception return, as the Gamecocks finished 7-5 under first-year coach Brad Scott.
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Practice at Jefferson High
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Clearwater Beach Day for fans, players, band and cheerleaders
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Gridiron Gala for school presidents, coaches and bowl supporters
“The coaches who have been going a long time, they don’t get fired or run off. We’ve been doing pretty well. We’ve averaged 10 wins the last three years. So life is pretty good as a coach when you can win nine or 10. And I’ve got a son coaching, and I’ve got a son who’s a graduate assistant. A lot of my family lives up there in Columbia. It’s a nice comfortable place to be. Health-wise, I think I’m as healthy as I was 20 years ago.” - USC coach Steve Spurrier, on why he has continued to coach as a 67-year-old.
Compiled by Neil White