At the risk of saturating every week’s game coverage with Jadeveon Clowney talk, we need to talk about Jadeveon Clowney for a minute.
South Carolina’s junior All-America defensive end had four tackles, including a sack that forced a fumble deep in Gamecock territory, in Saturday’s 35-25 win against Vanderbilt. In all, it was an effective, if not dominant day, for college football’s most famous defender.
It would seem a particularly good effort for a guy who came into the postgame news conference wearing a walking boot on his right foot. It’s the same boot he has worn on campus this week. Despite not missing any practice time, Clowney has been slowed by bone spurs in that foot, and he said Saturday night the injury is bothering him “a lot.”
“It’s painful. I’m out here playing on it, though, so I’m just trying to give everything I’ve got on it,” Clowney 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.”
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Clowney, who was bothered by the same injury last season, is looking forward to having two weeks off before South Carolina’s next game, Sept. 28 against UCF.
“I need it to get my foot back together,” he said.
He will have a procedure “to get (the foot) cleaned out after the season is over,” he said. Until then, the player who could be the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL draft plans to play through the pain, he said. The Gamecocks hope he is able to stick to that plan.