January 10th, 2014 10:59 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: South Carolina
Tags: According Jackson, Jadeveon Clowney, NFL, South Carolina
Former St. Louis Ram Tyoka Jackson is not the biggest fan of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. In his view his work ethic is shoddy. The 12-year NFL vet-turned-radio analyst with WGNU-AM in St. Louis isn’t surprised by Clowney’s lack of effort… he says Steve Spurrier has a history of turning out low-motor guys:
Asked if it would make any sense for the Rams to select Jadeveon Clowney with the #2 overall pick in the NFL draft, Jackson said this week (around the 23-minute mark):
“I don’t think it does… Now Clowney, to me, is a boom or bust guy… He literally could be the greatest defensive end who’s ever played the game or he could be one of the all-time busts that we’ve ever seen. I think it’s gonna come down to the team that drafts him in terms of their coaching — do they have a very strong head coach and very strong defensive line coach that’s gonna teach him how to play hard. He has no idea what it takes to play hard. And Spurrier’s notorious for having a lot of players come from his program who don’t have great work ethic. So it’s nothing new there. It’s not even the kid’s fault. He hasn’t been coached.”
According Jackson, the top job of a coach is to force effort from his players. In his view, Spurrier doesn’t do that.
Of course, with three straight 11-win seasons, we’re guessing South Carolina fans could care less if the Ol’ Ball Coach has trained his future pros the ins and outs of proper work ethic. They’re obviously working hard enough in college to turn a once-terrible program into one of the nation’s best.
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