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Georgia’s Murray Says Game-Planning The Key To Slowing Carolina’s Clowney

gfx - they said itAt SEC Media Days, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said that Georgia’s Aaron Murray was one of three quarterbacks he believed to be scared of him.  Asked about that comment a day later, Murray’s coach, Mark Richt, said that he knew he would be scared of him if he saw him across the line of scrimmage.  And earlier this week, Richt went even further to say that Clowney “might be the very best player who exists today, at any level.”

So Clowney says Murray’s scared and Richt thinks he’d have a reason to be.  So what does Murray have to say about college football’s most athletic D-lineman?  That you have to out scheme him to slow him down:

 

“He’s a stud.  He’s good.  You’ve got to chip him; you’ve got to slide-protect to his side; you’ve got to hit him every time you can.  You’ve got to get two bodies on him, knock him around a little bit, run at him.  We know when that time comes we’ll game plan for him.  I know Coach (Mike) Bobo will have us set and ready to go.

But that’s the problem.  You’ve got to put so much focus on (Clowney), but you’ve got to also prepare for 10 other players on the field.  So it’s kind of tough when you have an athleete like that out there on one side of the defense.  Everybody wants to focus on him but, as a whole, they’re a solid defense.  It’s tough because you don’t want to put too much attention on him because those other guys are good, too.”

 

South Carolina is 2-0 against Georgia and Murray with Clowney on the field.  Against the Dawgs, Clowney has recorded six tackles and one sack.  Those aren’t Hall of Fame numbers, but how much his mere presence on the field has opened things up for his teammates can’t be quantified.

Murray and crew will get another shot at Clowney’s Gamecocks on September 7th in Athens.

 

UPDATE — Steve Spurrier responded to Richt’s praise of his player by saying he was surprised by it.  “That was a little strong right there,” he said on The Jim Rome Show.  “Obviously, Jadeveon is probably the best defensive lineman in college football.  I think everyone agrees with that.  But when you start putting lineman in there with quarterbacks, receivers and running backs, I don’t know what he’s trying to say.  If he’s trying to fatten up Jadeveon’s thinking, I hope it doesn’t work.”

Or maybe Richt was just being his usual nice guy self and saying glowing things about one of Spurrier’s players.  It’s interesting that Spurrier would look for a hidden message in Richt’s comment.  Perhaps he’s read — and practiced — “The Art of War” one too many times himself.

 


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