South Carolina all-world defensive end Jadeveon Clowney probably won’t participate in the Gamecocks’ spring game. In fact, he’s not even likely to suit up.
Jadeveon Clowney “probably won’t even suit up the spring game but neither will some other guys”
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) March 27, 2013
It’s unclear who the ‘other guys’ are at the moment.
It’s important that star players get their work in and get the necessary reps over the course of March and April, but it’s unnecessary for a caliber of player like Clowney to risk injury by participating in the spring scrimmage. There’s no upside to it either.
Last year, Florida defensive end Ronald Powell, the former No. 1 overall player according to Rivals, injured his knee during the Gators’ spring game and missed the entire 2012 season. He still isn’t full-go either after a setback that included another surgery last fall.
It’s not normal, though, for a player not to even suit up for the spring game if he’s healthy, but we have to remember that Clowney isn’t a normal player.
There’s no upside to Clowney participating in any scrimmage this spring. However, reps, technique and continued development are important, and he’ll have several opportunities to work on his game outside of this scrimmage.
Gamecocks will host their spring game April 13th.
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