Silent Assassin

Jadeveon Clowney

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (6-6, 265), who will bring his Gamecocks to Fayetteville to play Arkansas on Oct. 12, has intentionally spent a lot of time away from the spotlight since the season was over but resurfaced at SEC Media Days on Tuesday.

HOOVER, Ala. - While Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel has embraced the moment, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has run from it like an opposing quarterback.

Clowney (6-6, 265), last year's SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and projected as the number one pick in the 2014 NFL draft, made it clear Tuesday at SEC Media Days that he in no way seeks the spotlight off the field.

"I don't go to bars," Clowney said. "The same three guys I hang with every day. We eat, come back, we play (video) games. Stay in the house. You can't get in trouble in your own home. I don't want to be in no media. I don't post pictures. I don't tweet. I just stay off the Internet."

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier lauded his star player – whose Gamecocks will play at Arkansas on Oct. 12 - for not being in the headlines for anything bad in the off-season.

"Jadeveon has done an excellent job of staying out of the limelight all summer," Spurrier said. "He's been a good teammate. He's been there for the workouts. He's been there doing what he's supposed to do."

Clowney had 13 sacks among his 23.5 tackles for lost yardage last season.

"Obviously, Jadeveon Clowney is a disruptive player that every offense has to sort of change their blocking assignments to account for Jadeveon," Spurrier said. "He is a very good player.

"I think he told me he ran a 4.4 40 (yard dash) the other day at the end of summer workouts," Spurrier said. "He's ready to go. If we're going to have a good year, Jadeveon has to make a lot of those big plays. He's made a lot his first two years at South Carolina."

Clowney mentioned three quarterbacks last season that appeared scared of him in Clemson's Tajh Boyd (he sacked him four times), Georgia's Aaron Murray and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson, who he sacked twice.

"You can tell if a player is scared if he looks at me every time before the ball is snapped," Clowney said.

Clowney has been tossed out as a player that could be the first defensive player since Michigan's Charles Woodson in 1997 to win the Heisman Trophy.

"The goal for me is to win the SEC," Clowney said. "The Heisman could come, but I am not really focused on that. I haven't really thought about it, but if it happened I would be excited about it."

But Spurrier said that there was no plan for Clowney to play on offense for some snaps as Woodson did.

"We have got a good bunch of offensive players that are pretty good," Spurrier said. "He played a little bit in high school, though. He's capable. He's capable of running with the ball. But that wouldn't make sense running the ball, sprain an ankle and be standing over there with me the rest of the season. That wouldn't be smart.

"He's pretty good about staying out of pile-ups, things like that," Spurrier added. "Important for him to stay healthy."

He does have a signature hit already for the award – last season's Outback Bowl one in the backfield against Michigan tailback Vincent Smith that left the ballcarier without the ball or his helmet.

Clowney also scooped up the ball with one hand on the play.

"They talked about it on ESPN over and over and over," Clowney said. "I was like, ‘Well, I know it's a big hit now.' I knew it was big. People are always coming up to me, telling me about The Hit. I just get a laugh out of it."

Clowney came into college as the nation's top-ranked high school defensive player and is viewed as the nation's number one NFL defensive prospect now.

"I expected myself to do big things for South Carolina," Clowney said. "I already told myself I wasn't going to come in No. 1 and not leave No. 1. That was my goal to come in No. 1 and leave No. 1. Everything that's happening to me now, it's the greatest feeling ever. I'm blessed to be where I'm at now."





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