Jadeveon Clowney’s rollercoaster season continued Saturday.
One week after a quiet outing against Mississippi State, Clowney registered five tackles, including a team-best two for a loss in South Carolina’s 19-14 win against Florida.
“He played hard,” Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said. “He made a lot of plays for us.”
It didn’t come without a scary moment, though, as Clowney had to be helped to the sideline by trainers in the first half after injuring his anke.
“JD’s ankle is going to continue to bother him until he gets the bone spurs cleaned out after the season,” Ward said.
Clowney is playing in “a lot” of pain each week because of those bone spurs, he said, but he declined to talk about how he plans to handle them, which wouldn’t be a big deal if he weren’t projected as one of the top picks in next year’s NFL draft.
“I am not really thinking about that right now,” Clowney said. “I am thinking about this team and what we have in front of us and what we came to accomplish this season. Whatever happens after the season, happens. I just keep fighting through it and try not to say much about it.”
He did some talking during the game to Florida’s players. After the first snap, Clowney had to be separated from a Gator as they exchanged words. The talking began on the Florida side, Clowney said.
“They came out talking junk before the game,” Clowney said. “I laughed at first, then I let it get to me and started talking junk back.”
Then he backed that up, which he hasn’t been able to say every week this season.