Clowney will play in the bowl game

South Carolina's defensive end Jadeveon Clowney
South Carolina's defensive end Jadeveon Clowney kkfoster@thestate.com

Junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney “definitely is going to play in the bowl game,” South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward told The State on Monday.

“Jadeveon is going to play every game he can possibly play at South Carolina and then he’ll do his NFL workouts or whatever he is going to do,” Ward said.

How and when Clowney would finish his final collegiate season has been a matter of debate since he revealed earlier this season that he made need surgery on bone spurs prior to the NFL Combine in February. He addressed the subject Saturday night after the No. 8 Gamecocks’ 31-17 win over Clemson, indicating he would return but not giving a definitive answer.

“I am not even focusing on that right now,” he said. “I am just waiting to see where we fall in the bowl lineup and get ready for that.”

Clowney finished the regular season with three sacks, which tied for 27th in the SEC. He had a school-record 13 sacks last season.

Clowney is expected to be one of the top five selections in the upcoming NFL Draft and could be selected No. 1 overall despite his low statistical production this season, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said recently.