Will Jadeveon Clowney Miss the Season Opener For South Carolina?

By Dan Parzych
Jadeveon Clowney
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We’re officially less than three weeks away from the start of the 2013 NCAA football season as there will be plenty of teams to keep an eye on when it comes to making a run for the National Championship–including the South Carolina Gamecocks. Steve Spurrier and company certainly have the talent to become one of the most talented teams in the SEC during the 2013 season, but there’s a chance they may have to start the year off with one of their star players–Jadeveon Clowney.

The defensive star has been dealing with a shoulder injury recently and now reports are coming in that Clowney could miss the season opener against North Carolina if the injury doesn’t improve soon. As much as South Carolina would love to have Clowney on the field for the opener,  many believe that Spurrier made the comments about Clowney not playing as a way to send a message for him to start practicing again.

Apparently, Spurrier believes Clowney along with a few other players dealing with injuries are capable of practicing, but are choosing to take advantage of the rest as much as possible. Obviously, injuries with athletes should always be taken seriously and it will be interesting to see whether or not this message by Spurrier will be enough to at least get Clowney back in practice soon.

Then again, the last thing a player who is expected to be a top draft pick needs to do is rush back on to the field before he’s ready–so it will be interesting to see whether or not Clowney does in fact miss the opener.

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