At the risk of saturating every weeks game coverage with Jadeveon Clowney talk, we need to talk about Jadeveon Clowney for a minute.
South Carolinas junior All-America defensive end had four tackles, including a sack that forced a fumble deep in Gamecock territory, in Saturdays 35-25 win against Vanderbilt. In all, it was an effective, if not dominant day, for college footballs most famous defender.
It would seem a particularly good effort for a guy who came into the postgame news conference wearing a walking boot on his right foot. Its the same boot he has worn on campus this week. Despite not missing any practice time, Clowney has been slowed by bone spurs in that foot, and he said Saturday night the injury is bothering him a lot.
Its painful. Im out here playing on it, though, so Im just trying to give everything Ive got on it, Clowney said. Who knows whats going to happen out there? It doesnt really bother me when I am out there much. Its just builds up pain. The more I keep going on it, the more it bothers me.
Clowney, who was bothered by the same injury last season, is looking forward to having two weeks off before South Carolinas next game, Sept. 28 against UCF.
I need it to get my foot back together, he said.
He will have a procedure to get (the foot) cleaned out after the season is over, he said. Until then, the player who could be the No. 1 pick in next years NFL draft plans to play through the pain, he said. The Gamecocks hope he is able to stick to that plan.