Spurrier sends a message to Clowney, other injured players: Get on the practice field


Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks are banged up right now. Three starters – Bruce Ellington, Damiere Byrd and Jadeveon Clowney – didn’t practice last night, and Spurrier said if they don’t heal up soon, they wouldn’t be playing against North Carolina.

But Spurrier’s demeanor would suggest he’s not trying to be cautious, but rather trying to send a message to the three – get your butts on the practice field, via GoGamecocks.

We got a bunch of hurt guys that act like they’re really hurt,” Spurrier said. “Right now, they may not play.”

Ellington and Byrd have hamstring issues, and Clowney has a sore shoulder that’s kept him out of a handful of practices over the last week.

“Damiere and Bruce tried to run this morning, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they’re out the first game, the way their hamstrings are coming around,” Spurrier said. “So we’re planning on playing, maybe without them. And right now, Clowney’s got a bruised shoulder. If it doesn’t come around real soon, we may play without him in the first game.”

Reporters asked Spurrier whether he was trying to send a message to the three, and he added, he’ll handle it.

“I don’t know. Why don’t y’all go talk to them? I’ll handle it, I’ll handle it. I’ll handle those guys. All I’m trying to say, if they can’t play, we got plenty of guys who can play, so we’re not depending on them.”

Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward seemed to put a bug in Clowney’s ear yesterday, too. Ward said that former Virginia Tech defensive end and All-American Corey Moore is ‘totally’ faster off the ball than Clowney. Ward has mentioned before that he hopes to get max effort out of Clowney in 2013.

Spurrier and Ward are both telling Clowney and others: we’re not going to let you take practices off.

You can watch Spurrier’s interview here.

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  • Why would a guy like Clowney take “practices off?” Surely it’s in his best interest to practice with his team even if he’s already got his sights on the NFL. The only reason would be that he doesn’t want to aggravate an injury that might jeopardize his future paying career. Spurrier seem to be more worried about North Carolina than he is about long-term financial well being of his players.

    he wouldn’t practice is to

  • Why would Clowney want to play another year in college? Risking 4-8 million dollars. Spurrier should just keep quietly let the other players know their time has come, be ready. Yank Clowney after the first series and protect him unless the refs pull another chain cheat job.

    • Here’s the thing about Spurrier, Wolfman: he simply can’t keep quiet. Ever. About anything. Ever.

      • Thanks BalkansDawg, this cracks me up. I like Richt at Georgia, he really has made coach speak a fine art. Spurrier is like the heckler of the coaching world, and sometimes says some things that other coaches kinda hold back on. All together the SEC is an entertaining coach watching/listening league. I’m pretty sure Muschamp hair is going to fly off during one of his excited moments this year.

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