What do Jadeveon Clowney and Dwight Howard have in common? Both have acted like divas at some point in the past year. While Clowney was once considered the best player in college football — and still might be — the South Carolina Gamecocks star is no longer as feared as he was to begin the season and all of last year.
What else do the two superstars have in common? Both have listened to people tell them just how great they are, leading to a feel a sense of entitlement. They feel like they don’t have to give it their all and everything will just be handed down to them.
A season ago, Clowney was one of the top performers in the nation. He recorded 54 tackles and 13 sacks in 12 games last season, leading people to believe that he was the next big thing in college football. His 2013 stats? How about just 12 tackles and two sacks through four games and sitting out the fifth game with a “rib injury”. We have yet to see the real Clowney in 2013. He has heard people talking about just how talented he is and how he is the lock for the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
I guess he decided to take the year off.
Head coach Steve Spurrier even took a shot at the superstar defensive end:
If he wants to play, we’ll welcome him to come play for the team if he wants to. If he doesn’t want to play, he doesn’t have to. Usually, the doctor or the trainer comes and tells you a guy will be out. That did not happen last night.
You know it’s bad when your own head coach is calling you out. Time to step up to the plate and start taking some swings rather than sit back and taking a free pass, Jadeveon.