Clowney equates Twitter with trouble

USC standout stays away from social media

jkendall@thestate.comJuly 17, 2013 

— Jadeveon Clowney isn’t going to tell Johnny Manziel to get off Twitter, but he will point to his own success in staying out of the spotlight in part by staying away from social media.

“Stay out of trouble,” South Carolina’s junior defensive end said of his summer mantra. “Fifty percent of that is stay off Twitter.”

Clowney’s official Twitter feed (@clownejd) has 38,950 followers and has sent out 444 tweets. Manziel (@JManziel2), by contrast, has 382,820 Twitter followers and has tweeted 3,560 times, including once lamenting the pressures of being a college superstar and expressing his interest in getting out of College Station, Texas, sooner rather than later.

“I don’t know why people tweet crazy things,” Clowney said. “Everybody is going to see what you tweet.”

Manziel appeared Wednesday at SEC Media Days and faced hundreds of questions about his event-filled offseason. Clowney, meanwhile, has been out of sight if not out of mind since spring football practice ended.

“Jadeveon has done an excellent job of staying out of the limelight all summer,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said.

That can be an effort for a 6-foot-6, 270-pound All-American.

“Y’all don’t see me that often so you don’t know what I do outside of that,” Clowney said. “I don’t go to bars. I just stay at home. I hang out with the same group of guys. The same three guys, I hang out with them all the time. Just stay at the house. You can’t get in trouble in your own home. I hope not.”

Manziel won the Heisman Trophy last season after setting an SEC record with 5,116 total yards, while Clowney set the South Carolina single-season record with 13 sacks. The SEC’s two most visible players won’t play against each other during their college careers unless the Gamecocks and Aggies reach this year’s SEC title game. Clowney was asked several times Tuesday if he could catch up to the nimble Manziel.

“Could he get away from me in the open field is the question,” Clowney replied.

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