Jadeveon Clowney is hopeful he will play this week against Clemson, but no one is ready to guarantee South Carolinas sophomore defensive end will be on the field against the Tigers.
Hopefully, hell be ready Wednesday or Thursday, but weve got to wait and see, coach Steve Spurrier said. He was hurting (Saturday).
Clowney, who did not dress out for Saturdays 24-7 win against Wofford, said after the game that he has tendinitis in his left knee to go along with the sprained right foot that has kept him out of practice for the last three weeks and required a walking boot Saturday.
I hope so, he replied when asked if he would play against Clemson.
We thought hed be OK (this week), Spurrier said. He couldnt push off, couldnt get in his stance. He had a little knee problem and his foot.
Clowney was named one of four finalists Saturday for the Lombardi Award, which goes to the nations best lineman or linebacker. Earlier this week, he was named a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, which goes to the nations best defensive player.
He leads the Gamecocks in sacks (8.5) and tackles for loss (17). He also has 42 tackles. He ranks third in the SEC in sacks and first in tackle for loss (2.12 per game).
Quarterback Connor Shaw did play against the Terriers but aggravated his sprained foot on the first series of the game. Shaw limped throughout the game and was wearing a walking boot in his postgame news conference.
I am a little banged up, he said. It was bothering me through the game but it was tolerable.
Wide receiver Bruce Ellington suffered a bruised right hand.
In their final game in Williams-Brice Stadium, South Carolinas seniors added to their school record with their 36th career win.
Its something we are doing here, running back Kenny Miles said. We are a winning team now. We are trying to create a tradition. Hopefully the seniors next year will break it. We are trying to build something here.
Miles led South Carolina with 127 rushing yards, and senior safety D.J. Swearinger led the team with 12 tackles.
My career has been short actually it seems like, but it has been great to make history, Swearinger said. It was great to go out with a bang.
Twenty-eight Gamecocks were honored prior to the game, including juniors Chaun Gresham, DeAngelo Smith and Travis Ford. The inclusion of Gresham, Smith and Ford in the pregame ceremony could be an indication that this will be their final year with the team, however Miles participated in senior day last year and returned this year.
Senior cornerback Akeem Auguste, who started Saturday, got the first interception of his career last week. This week, he scored his only touchdown, a 31-yard fumble recovery return that served as South Carolinas final points. Auguste has missed 18 of the last 24 games due to injury.
I didnt play a lot this year, but I am making the best of my time now, he said. It didnt hit me (it was my last game) until we started going over there to the student section and realizing this is the last student section I see that will be cheering for me. Its been a blessing to be out here the last couple years, and I have enjoyed every bit of it.
Along with several defensive players, center T.J. Johnson received a game ball Saturday. South Carolinas offensive line didnt have a great day against Wofford, but Spurrier described the game ball as a kind of lifetime achievement award. Johnson has started a school record 51 games.
I dont think we had a bad snap, havent had one in a long time, maybe shouldnt talk about that, Spurrier said. Hes been very solid and consistent for us.
I hadnt thought about this one too much. The next one will be a little bigger. I am just tied right now. Ties are whatever, but the next one will be a little more special. Spurrier on tying the schools all-time wins record at 64