Let's stir something up. As far as I can tell the "smart money" is on Clowney for JFF's Heisman. Now, I cannot recall who the darling of the TMZ sports media was at the start of last season but I'll wager it was not Manziel. I did a bit of checking on official NCAA stats and was surprised to find that an SEC defensive player was indeed at the top of the stats that get the ink: sacks, tackles for loss, forced fumbles. Jarvis Jones actually led the FBS in all three categories. Yes he is a linebacker and Clowney is on the line but the award is not about position. Makes me wonder if one particular hit that would probably get a player tossed now created the pretty pick this year. Anyway, I'm glad we won't see either until the SEC championship.
Earlier this week, Steve Spurrier called out three of his top players for not bouncing back from injury quickly enough. Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and receiver Damiere Byrd returned to practice the next day. Fellow wideout Bruce Ellington has not.
According the Gamecock coach, Clowney is now fully cleared for Carolina’s opener against the other Carolina two weeks from today:
“Clowney’s back full-go, he looks good. Get the word out to those national media boys. Clowney’s back in good shape, back in the fold. He’s going to play against North Carolina. All communication problems have been solved. He’s back on the team in good standing.”
Spurrier’s quip about “those national media boys” feels a bit off since he himself told reporters that Clowney and the others might not play. He also knows how to play the media like a harp.
As for Ellington, the coach said: “Bruce is still hurt. He’s got a lingering injury that prevents him from practicing. I don’t know when he’s coming back. You’ll have to ask Bruce and the trainers about that, but he hasn’t done anything for a good week.”
Ellington — USC’s leading receiver last year — is dealing with a hamstring injury.