The buzz surrounding Jadeveon Clowney has gone away.
The questions have not. Remember when it was a foregone conclusion that Clowney would be the school’s all-time leading sack artist by season’s end? Through nine games this season, the junior All-American has two sacks, giving him 23 for his career. With a maximum of five games remaining, it’s unclear if Clowney will even catch much less surpass Eric Norwood’s career total of 29 sacks.
“He has missed some (sacks), and he knows he has missed some,” defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said. “He’s been in position to make some even though they are double and triple teaming him. I think JD affects the game in a lot of different ways, and he says his stats don’t bother him which I believe because he’s a team guy.”
After back-to-back five-tackle efforts against Tennessee and Missouri, Clowney was invisible much of the day against Mississippi State on Saturday. He registered three tackles but never made his presence felt against the Bulldogs passing game or running game.
“I think I played a bad game, but it’s going to come together,” Clowney said.
When would be the next question. Ward insists Clowney has played at or near the level he was at last season when he had a school single-season record of 13 sacks, but that has not been true every snap of every game, and it didn’t appear to be true against Mississippi State.
Clowney, who did not practice Wednesday due to an undisclosed injury, came into the season talking about getting 20 sacks. That’s not happening, and 10 is looking like a long shot. Now, with his NFL future getting closer and closer, his focus will be tested like never before.
Around the SEC:
Nick Saban says, “There’s nothing to see here.”
Actually what Alabama’s head coach said about the report that he would consider leaving the Crimson Tide to coach at Texas was, “no one said anything like that. I don't know where y'all get these reports. I don't know where y'all get your information, but I've already commented on all of this stuff.
Where the media members got the reports were from a Texas regent who told another Texas regent that’s what Saban’s agent told him so it seems silly for Saban to say he doesn’t know where this one came from.
I mean, who couldn’t see this coming? Florida lost another starting offensive lineman of the season when Tyler Moore wrecked his motor scooter and suffered “a compound fracture of his elbow,” according to Gators coach Will Muschamp.