In his 29th year of football coaching, Steve Spurrier learned something new thanks to Jadeveon Clowney.
“Be flexible and understand his situation,” Spurrier said Thursday afternoon on ESPN Radio. “Sometimes as coaches we have our set of rules, but look at the player’s side. We appreciated Jadeveon playing.”
Clowney, a two-time All-America defensive end, played three seasons for the Gamecocks.
“Never had a player quite in his situation,” Spurrier said. “Some people advised him why should he play (his junior year), why should he risk injury when he could cost himself millions and millions of bucks? I really think the coaches and Jadeveon handled it really, really well. Somehow or another it all worked out. It wasn’t quite as easy a situation to go through because it was so different from any situation I had been through. I said, ‘If you play your third year the fans will love you forever and you will always have a home to come to.’ ”
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Clowney participated in South Carolina’s pro day on Wednesday, and Spurrier thinks the former Gamecock improved his chances of being the No. 1 overall pick in the May draft.
“I don’t know what (the Houston Texans) are going to do, but after yesterday I would think there would be a high percentage they would take him,” Spurrier said.