As Steve Spurrier discussed South Carolina’s spring game Saturday afternoon, the subject inevitably turned to star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
“Hopefully, he will continue to sort of stay in the background, stay out of sight of a lot of stuff that goes on,” Spurrier said. “He knows the money comes in about what? Eight months? Is it that much?”
“Nine,” Clowney said from a chair out of Spurrier’s line of sight in the corner of the room.
It’s clear the junior knows how long he has to wait before he can begin what is expected to be a fruitful professional career.
“After our final game is when he knows he’s a pro. Be a student-athlete until then,” Spurrier said.
Clowney sat out Saturday due to a neck injury but expects to be cleared for summer workouts Monday, he said. He still managed to make a splash during the game despite not suiting up, catching a trick play pass and being given the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end in 2012.
Hendricks, a member of the college and pro football halls of fame, was on hand at Williams-Brice Stadium to present Clowney with his trophy at halftime. Clowney earned the award with a 13-sack season and was named the winner in December. The recipient typically receives the trophy at a spring banquet, but NCAA hurdles made it easier for Hendricks to travel to Columbia for the presentation, Hendricks said.
“Mostly I have just seen his highlights,” Hendricks said of Clowney. “I look forward to seeing him again next year. Barring injury, he should continue on as one of the best that ever played.”