Clowney expresses frustration after loss to Georgia


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Jadeveon Clowney is frustrated after losing to the Bulldogs yesterday, and he voiced frustration over the way the Gamecocks’ coaching staff has been using him. Clowney said the coaches have to find more creative ways for him to affect offenses, via ESPN.

“Very frustrating,” the star defensive end told reporters. “I told the coaches you got to put me somewhere else — in the middle if you want to — somewhere I can make some plays [to] help my team get in position to win. But [Georgia] took me right out of the game.

“It’s hard out there trying to chase from the backside, and they just took me right out of the game,” Clowney said. “They want to move me around — that’s up to them.

“I’m going to keep playing my assignments. I set the edge most of the night, [but] the ball went away from me on the backside chasing. That’s just how the game went.”

This is the first time we’ve really heard from Clowney and the first time he’s voiced any type of frustration during his career.

Related: Week 2 biggest takeaways

Coaching staffs are finally figuring out how to successfully minimize Clowney’s impact. We saw North Carolina successfully do it, and Georgia followed that up yesterday, as Clowney had one sack and three tackles.

Should we pump the breaks on the Clowney hype? Probably, but everyone needs to pump the breaks over their ridiculous expectations for him, too.

We expect a defensive end to come out and dominate the game like a quarterback and put up five sacks per game, like no other player has ever impacted the position. That’s just not logical or rational.

Related: Four takeaways from Georgia-South Carolina

After the Bulldogs racked up 538 yards yesterday, Steve Spurrier says he plans on giving defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward ‘some suggestions’.

“I look out there and I see all those either redshirt freshmen or second-year guys and I’m starting to wonder if we were expecting a little bit much out of all those guys,” Spurrier said. “But it is a freshmen-laden defense out there, and they’re going to take their lumps, I guess.

“But we’ve got to be creative. We’re going to change our defense a little bit. We’re not going to just stand there like we did today. I’ll give Coach Ward some suggestions.”

South Carolina returns to action next week against Vanderbilt, who is averaging over 36 points per game and 434 yards of offense.

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  • I don’t think we avoided his side at all. He was just coming straight up feild too often and Bobo took advantage of it. There were quite a few times he took himself out of plays that came right to his side. Everyone knows the way to Nuetrilize a pass rusher is to run right at him. Alabama did it to Jarvis Jones in the SECCG.

  • He was injured part of the 2nd half as well getting his foot stepped on at some point. Not taking away from what UGA did to neutralize Clowney. He is going to get double-teamed and chipped every play the rest of the season.

  • Poor Clowney! (sniff sniff) Maybe old Steve should have gone in and made a few plays for him……

  • Whether you like Clowney or not. He has a point. He knows teams will be double teaming him all year at the left DE position, why not disrupt some game planning by moving him around, or throwing in some stunts to move him around after the offense is set. It was done in the UNC game but not once on Saturday. Not saying he would have had a stellar game had he been moved around some but it never hurts to attempt something to see what results come about.

  • What Clowney meant to say was that it was Georgia’s fault he didn’t get to make big plays. He kept lining him up in the same spot and angle, aiming for Murray. He got through once. He was completely neutered, and will be every game for the rest of his college career when SC plays quality teams.

  • I think it is safe to say that so far Clowney has not lived up to the hype. But who can? when ESPN and the media talk about you 24/7. that one hit literally sparked a bandwagon of clowney fans. I’m not saying clowney is bad, he is a great college football player- yes. Is he a heisman? No

  • does anybody have the original picture that is next to the article title on the right side of the website? the picture is a sign that reads, “Go back to the circus Clowney”

  • JPDawgFan1 is right ……Clowney is an amazing athlete, but he’s undisciplined… he hauls butt into the backfield at the snap of the football. Georgia exploited this ran off tackle by kicking him out with the fullback. And threw the inside curl all night off play action to his side. Georgia basically rolled him like a drunk, and kicked his arse all night.

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